Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties
In the days after the 9/11 attacks, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Patriot Act, a piece of legislation that was supposed to make the United States safer against terrorists. What many people do not know is that at the very last minute, there were a number of changes made. The vote occurred so quickly after these changes that legislators did not have enough time to read (or more likely have their aides read and summarize for them) what they entailed, and now that they have had time to digest everything, many people are up in arms. The American Civil Liberties Union, who helped to produce Unconstitutional, sued the government claiming that the law was unconstitutional, and because of provisions in the law, is unable to disclose what they sued about.
Director Nonny de la Pena (Mama/M.A.M.A, The Jaundiced Eye) does a good job at literally ripping apart the Patriot Act. Yes, the ACLU helped fund this documentary, and appears prominently in some of the interviews, but nonetheless, this documentary raises many questions about the Act itself. Her biggest coup is interviewing Rep. Robert Barr. Barr was one of the more conservative members of Congress, and his presence and worries about aspects of the Patriot Act lend credence to de la Pena's worries. This is somebody on the opposite side of the political spectrum as many of people interviewed in this film, yet he has the same feelings about the Act.
|Mongoose Rates It: Pretty Good.|
|1 hour, 8 minutes, Not Rated but most likely a PG, possibly a PG-13.|
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