“If any of you have ever looked at your FBI file, you discover that intelligence agencies in general are extremely incompetent. That’s one of the reasons why there are so many intelligence failures. They just never get anything straight, for all kinds of reasons. Part of it is because of the information they get. The information they get comes from ideological fanatics, typically, who always misunderstand things in their own crazy way. If you look at an FBI file, say, about yourself, where you know what the facts are, you’ll see that the information has some kind of relation to the facts, you can figure out what they’re talking about, but by the time it works its way through the ideological fanaticism of the intelligence agencies, there’s always weird distortion.” - Noam Chomsky, Q&A with community activists, February 10, 1989.
I’ve been very lucky at what’s happened in my career to date, but playing something as far from me as possible is an ambition of mine - anything from a mutated baddy in a comic book action thriller, to a detective. If anything, I’d like Gary Oldman’s career: he’s the perfect example of it. I’ve love to have a really broad sweep of characters - to be able to do something edgy, surprising and unfashionable. (May 2005)
You accomplished that Benedict and we are very proud
Our country’s founders thought that free speech was so important they made it the first amendment. The FIRST. This is also where we get freedom of the press. Why is that? Let me tell you. The founders came from a monarchy. In monarchies, monarchs rule and tell their subjects what they can and cannot say, or what can or cannot be printed. This leads to absolute tyranny by monarchs or rulers of any kind. The founders invented a government that would be subject to the people, not the other way around.They tried to ensure this by creating the second amendment, our right to bear arms…just in case this new government got any nasty ideas about becoming rulers. There are three distinct bastions of power in our system. Congress, the Executive office, and the Supreme Court. Each has their own way of deflecting the power of the other. In Congress, you have the House and the Senate, who also have powers to check the other. The press is the fourth estate. They are the watchdogs over government. If they remain objective, then we the people don’t need to take up arms against the government, because the pen of the press will be our main sword. Such was the case with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame. They were instrumental in bringing down a corrupt and criminal administration that was using the FBI, the CIA and the IRS to go after those they considered dangerous to their mounting ‘rule of the people’. Do we see parallels today? Hmmmm. Ever since Watergate, the press has turned on us, the people. They are in bed with D.C. and the powers that be. They are in bed with ideologies they hold dear, instead of being staunch defenders of objective journalism. There is no more of that in our day. ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, et al, have one agenda and that is to push their political ideologies instead of pushing the truth, no matter how much it hurts. This is why I have no problem with Wikileaks, regardless of who they expose. If the administration in power needs to have their corruption exposed, and the press won’t do it, then that means we either need a renegade group doing the exposing, or we need to take up arms. I, for one, support the former and not the latter. I don’t care who is in office or who has high level positions in our government, whether they be Republican, Democrat or Independent. If they are corrupt, they need to be exposed for what and who they are. In my opinion, we now have a corrupt fourth estate that we can no longer depend on, like we could back in the early '70’s. Were they lily white back then? By no means. But they weren’t entirely covered with the shame that the press finds itself clothed with today. Unfortunately, Wikileaks is now a necessary evil for us to find out what is going on behind our backs, in the shadows, under the table and out in the open, since our government no longer believes it has to hide anything from us, the sheeple. So, don’t be too hard on Wikileaks. If the fourth estate was actually doing their job, they would have beaten Wikileaks to all of this garbage, and Assange’s group would not have had a pulpit to speak from in the first place.