January 29, 2010
[JdN: I urge you to spread this all over the Internet to all your friends, and get them to send it out as well. SEND THIS BY EMAIL TO YOUR LOCAL POLICE AND NATIONAL GUARD. Put as the subject line: FALSE FLAG ALERT: Vancouver, BC Winter Olympic Games. And read some of the brilliant material by former Marine Corps major William Bates Fox at www.americafirstbooks.com on the crazed Kabbalah-based superstitious numerology of the Illuminati conspirators, who are obsessed with selecting as the dates for their terror attacks all numbers that are multiples of 11 (such as 11 itself, or 22, 33, or 1/1, 2/2 or 3/3, 4/4, 5/5 etc….. http://www.amfirstbooks.com/IntroPages/ToolBarTopics/Articles/Featured_Authors/may,_captain_eric/May_works/May_2010/Capt._Eric_H._May_20100125_9-11_and_33_Codes–The_Crypto_Case_For_Zionist_Treason.html I will just point out the obvious here, that John F. Kennedy was murdered on 11/22 of 1963, the one man standing foursquare in the way of Israel building The Bomb, and of course the 2001 terrorist attacks were launched on 9/11…. and the London subway bombing was on 7/7….. Crazy, YES, but this is how these maniacs think. And in this they work with the 33rd-degree Freemasons, who are also openly obsessed with the superstition called numerology.]
WARNING: I now believe I have reasonable grounds to suspect there may be a “false flag” attack carried out during the Olympics in Canada. The games will take place in Vancouver and Whistler from Feb. 12th until Feb. 28th. Below, I have compiled the following suspicious activity by searching and analyzing the news from various media sources and by speaking with citizens in Canada themselves.
In my opinion, an attack on the Olympics while it is being highly guarded would be the perfect way to bring in more police state measure and to more fully integrate the US and Canada into a functioning North American Union. But the question remains, is that really what is happening right now?
I hope you will look at the information and make up your own mind as to what pattern you see unfolding, any information provided is for analytical and educational purposes only and is meant to raise public awareness of current events and the potential dangers they could present.
Two tons out of 6,000 tons of Ammonium Nitrate, (a material used in making powerful explosives) have gone missing from a shipment to a storage facility in the Vancouver area from a company that was recently bought out for $22 billion by some of the world’s largest financial companies. These companies are Goldman Sachs, AIG, The Carlye Group and others. The company that was purchased is called Kinder Morgan. Kinder Morgan didn’t report the two tons missing for over a month, when they did report it they came back a week later only to say they simply made a “clerical error”. Soon after the announcement, the RCMP started their investigation and came back saying they can’t confirm that it was really accounted for. Kinder Morgan has also tried to point out that they are only one company in the chain that had contact with the shipments. 250 truckloads were reportedly sent to Dyno Nobel (an explosives company) for packaging. There were also trucking companies hired to ship the product that the RCMP is attempting to track down. To put this into perspective, it is claimed that only one ton of this material was used during the Oklahoma City bombing, and now two tons are missing. That amount is more than enough material to cause substantial damage to numerous locations. With all of this said, the question arises, who has the capability and the motive to steal two tons of Ammonium Nitrate?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7k_OBjhfFs (Ammonium Nitrate not confirmed to be accounted for)
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/28/business/29kindercnd.html?_r=1&dlbk (Kinder Morgan bought out by financial giants)
The media is suddenly going wild about how Al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan are now using Ammonium Nitrate for explosives and the Afghani government has banned the use of the material. Afghanistan has also banned the use of Ammonium Nitrate for fertilizer due to this problem. There are many articles like these.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-01/24/c_13149134.htm (Al-Qaeda behind recent Ammonium Nitrate bombing)
http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htweap/articles/20100125.aspx (Afghanistan bans Ammonium Nitrate fertilizer)
Right on cue, as if it were a screenplay, and four days before the State of the Union address, the guy you have all heard of since 9/11, haven’t seen in a long time and who is probably dead, Mr. Usama Bin Laden ladies and gentlemen, give him a round of applause! He just came out in what is probably going to turn out to be yet another faked video and predictably praised the underwear bomber that burned his genitals in a failed bombing attempt on Christmas Day of 2009 and said the attacks will continue until we stop supporting Israel. In fact, look just how effective these guys are, they can get our freedoms taken away by our own governments, simply by penetrating our security and hurting only themselves in the process, clever aren’t they?
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/25/world/25binladen.html (Bin Laden, just in time)
In a recent development Canadian parliament has been prorogued (A term where they are suspended typically in order to make new legislation and where all governmental power resides within the office of the Prime Minister.) until March 3rd (Remember that date.) after the games. The Prime Minister has also been given the sole responsibility for making the judgment call to shoot down any high jacked aircraft; normally this is not his responsibility.
This is strangely the same as before 9/11 where Dick Cheney was given control of the military air defenses for a short time due to war games being conducted, and he denied the request to shoot down the plane approaching the Pentagon. This was testified to by Transportation Secretary, Norman Mineta in front of the 9/11 Commission, though no mention of this was given in the final report you can still watch the video of his testimony.
http://tvnewslies.org/html/9_11_facts.html (Dick Cheney on 9/11 info)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDfdOwt2v3Y (Norman Mineta before the 911 Commission)
On February 14th, 2008, Canada and the US signed an agreement which allows for the deployment of US troops inside Canada.
And if the military wasn’t enough, police officers are allowed to come join in now.
Headline: New maritime security law will deputize U.S. officers “in every part of Canada” during integrated operations. (North American Union anyone?)
“On November 27, Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson tabled legislation that would transform designated U.S. police and security agents into peace officers equal to the RCMP “in every part of Canada” during joint maritime border operations.”
The Olympics in of 2010 will be a “joint maritime border operation”.
British Columbia’s privacy office has been frozen, leaving the government unaccountable, says a leaked letter.
“Operations at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner have ceased, leaving British Columbians with no independent office to hold the government accountable, says a leaked letter marked “Extremely Urgent” to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. The letter, sent Friday, is from the executive director of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Mary Carlson, and is addressed to Bill Barisoff. She said staff have shut down the whole operation to avoid any legal issues that could arise from reviewing cabinet files or law-enforcement information. Their duties also include opening appeal files and privacy complaints, securing and reviewing records on the subject of an appeal, authorizing time extensions to respond to access requests and policing the timeliness of government responses to access requests.”
Hospitals cancelled 2,400 elective surgeries to make room for apparently, much expected patients needing surgeries during the Olympics. Of course, public relations is blaming them for doing it for other reasons like saving money. They say that even if that makes no sense, because the government had no problem spending well over a billion dollars on the Olympics, they are clearly not hurting for money, even if that is what some people think.
It seems that people may be getting tipped off or have prior knowledge already! What are they afraid of if the largest joint security operation ever taken on by Canada and the US is there to protect them? “Obama is not alone; presidents and prime minister of other countries around the globe are sending representatives as well.”
The same Israeli company Verint, whose camera systems were on buses and the London underground and inconveniently (for us) malfunctioned on 7/7/05 during the London Bombings, was the same company to install cameras in Vancouver Airport, the subways in Montreal, and other key locations around Canada. Also, worthy of noting is that in the past, during a large terrorist attack where their systems are installed, as the DOW goes down, stocks at Verint have always shown to have gone up. They are said to be connected to the Madrid bombings on 3/11, as well as 9/11. In more interesting news about Verint’s systems,
“It appears that there is a backdoor in Verint’s system that can be accessed any time from any where. Still the U.S. continues turning the other cheek and allowing it to happen.”
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=164395 (Verint stock and other info)
http://verint.com/corporate/releases_view.cfm?article_level1_category_id=7&article_level1_id=245&pageno=1&year=2002 (Verint press release on Vancouver Airport contract)
http://www.billslinksandmore.com/Billsblog/2009/03/10/americas-israeli-spying-problems/ (Backdoor in Verint security systems)
http://www.propagandamatrix.com/articles/july2005/130705buscamera.htm (Verint 7/7 bus camera malfunction)
http://verint.com/corporate/releases_view.cfm?article_level1_category_id=7&article_level1_id=360&pageno=1&year=2004 (Verint press release on London Underground contract)
Security measures have been increased to an historic all-time high with a budget of $900 million dollars, amid financial turmoil. Security includes the foreign United States military using NORAD to secure the air, purchases of 800 CCTV security cameras, new fences, two remote submarines to check for underwater threats and even bomb sniffing dogs. Canadian military with warships, black helicopters and fighter jets have been seen floating and flying around the Vancouver area already in January causing fear to many Canadians. There will also be tens of thousands of police and private security forces who are reported to be renting schools and trailers to use as bases for their operations.
Strangely enough, regardless of the build-up of security they have undertaken and the threat of attacks, they seem to double-think and claim to not be worried about it that much and are even allowing weaknesses in security to be exploited through the media. The contracted security companies have even been hiring people with zero background in security to help run security at the games, people who will not even have enough time to train properly to do their job.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM5NEtUOFy8 (American troops ready to cross the border in the case of attack)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_kkBHa6718&feature=related (Big Brother at the Olympics)
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2010/19/c9859.html (Unprecedented security)
http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Lethal+force+option+Olympic+Games+airspace+Norad/2461441/story.html (NORAD says lethal force is an option)
http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Lore+Rings+Trailers+house+Whistler+security+force/2430087/story.html (Law enforcement renting trailers)
http://www.whistlerquestion.com/article/20100120/WHISTLER01/301209787/1030/WHISTLER/whistler-secondary-games-rental-secured (Law enforcement renting elementary schools)
(Vancouver Airport Authority Not Serious About Olympic Security)
http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/2010wintergames/Strict+scrutiny+measures+airport+necessary+train+travellers/2453439/story.html (Strict airport security needed)
http://olympics.thestar.com/2010/article/755326–security-olympic-screening-assigned-to-novices (Security personnel will be novices)
The corporate/government-controlled media outlets are exaggerating the threat of radical Islamic terrorism and the UK has raised the threat level to “severe”. The media is also throwing around the term “Al-Qaeda” specifically, it almost seems as if they are trying to scare people. In addition, they’ve even said there is fear of a repeat of the 1996 Atlanta bomb blast.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv-VgPil7b4 (Terror threat level raised to severe)
http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20070306_094145_4900 (Al-Qaeda attacks being prepared for by the military)
*My explanation of why the media is used to scare people:
The method for control that professional mind manipulators use is referred to as “Problem, Reaction, Solution” and works using basic mind manipulation techniques, like this; first they cause a traumatic event, a good example that relates to this is 9/11. This causes people lots of grief, pain and fear, and when a traumatic event occurs, the mind naturally attempts to figuratively construct what is sometimes called an “amnesia wall” around that event to block it out, this is a way our mind helps us to deal with fear by forgetting about it. But you can’t just forget about it, you have to have a reason that behavior is acceptable in light of the present danger. Next, the programming is set in place of who is the enemy and who can stop them. The next phase is to cause the people to recall the traumatic event(9/11/01). By suggesting and warning about the possibility it could happen again, they help to reinforce peoples’ fears of having to experience another traumatic incident.
So by causing them to access the (traumatic) memory that their conscious mind is actively trying to block out, this actually causes them to access the programming they were given after that previous traumatic event happened. The programming was set in place for what should happen next in the case that the traumatic memory is ever brought up again. Subsequently, this causes them to chase after the “hero image” (The government in this case) that was previously set up for them to trust in to save them from ever having to experience another traumatic incident. Thus the people are willing to relinquish their freedom for security.
By doing so they are exploiting natural processes in the mind and exploiting the “Problem, Reaction, Solution” formula for control. In short, it works by creating a problem, getting the victim to respond to the problem, and providing the victim with a predetermined solution to that problem that was created for them, to bring about a desired outcome for the controller.
(Educational book on Neuro Linguistic Programming)
(Educational book on Trauma Based Mind Control)
Olympic protests are being rightly predicted to be held by people who are being labeled radicals, (Who in the public mind have begun being associated with “terrorists” and even labeled “domestic terrorists”.) some of the protesters may truly be radicals, and some have publicly stated that they will use violence to disrupt the Olympic games. Certainly though, not all of the protestors are violent extremists. That to me is suspicious as well, who would publicly call for acts of violence and destruction other than someone who is being protected? As if this isn’t enough, Vancouver Integrated Security Unit basically stated that they would not necessarily rule out using agent provocateurs in protests (another false-flag technique), that is very alarming for the peaceful protestors planning to attend.
http://www.straight.com/article-241166/isu-wont-rule-out-agents-provocateurs (Police won’t rule out using agent provocateurs)
http://www.nowpublic.com/sports/harry-bloy-liberal-mla-called-olympic-protesters-terrorists (Olympic protestors called terrorists)
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/10/13/bc-olympic-violent-resister.html (Anti-Olympic protestor supports violent direct action)
We also have some strange things happening that have proven in the past to be unusually accurate about predicting the future (Ex. Tom Clancy’s novel that predicted the incident between Russian and Georgia). Here, we find a recent novel written about the Olympics being attacked by terrorists in 2010 in Vancouver, setting the precedent that this is something possible and we should expect it and be afraid. This also is used, once again to cause us to recall a traumatic event such as 9/11 (by the Al Qaeda association) and associate it with the new potential traumatic event (Olympics attack) so the same programming about what to believe and how to act carries over.
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100117/bc_red_snow_100117/20100117/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome (Olympics attack novel: BC Red Snow)
Another strange thing someone noticed is that we have a Hollywood movie (2012) placed in the year 2012, (a movie about the destruction of the world and the elite leaving behind the masses in protective bunkers only to save themselves) mentioning British Columbia 2010. Why was that put in there? Before 9/11 we saw 9/11 in the movies, on TV shows, in books and in video games. Someone knew a long time ago what was being planned for the future.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sePNNy8wjgE (2012 clip)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JHThf32azM (This is an 8 part series showing the Illuminati, New World Order, Freemasonry and 9/11 in entertainment before 9/11 happened, it is very fun to watch.)
I believe that there will still be hundreds of thousands of people in the area on March 3rd trying to get out using the underground rail, boats, planes and other various modes of transportation. This sets the stage as a prime target for a large death toll and mass hysteria. Locals that left on vacation will also be returning home around this time; the events officially end on Feb. 28, 2010.
Also, I want to point out something a bit strange. Notice the pattern of doubled odd numbers with each of the three previous false flag terrorism events; 3/11 in Madrid, 9/11 in New York, 7/7 in London, and possibly 3/3 in Vancouver. Could another false flag fall on March 3rd?
There was a foiled “terror plot” called the “Toronto 18” in which 18 people were arrested and detained. Their plan was reportedly to behead the Prime Minister and use Ammonium Nitrate bombs to blow up targets around Canada. The leader has been sentenced to prison for life and is serving that time, but another walked away free after being sentenced 7 years in prison because of his four years already spent in jail. Why did the judge let someone who states he wants people to die to leave jail? And what has happened to the other 16 people? Could they be agents and the “ringleader” a patsy? It’s not out of the question.
http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/terrorist-who-plotted-to-kill-canadian-pm-walks-away-free_100307152.html (Terrorism conspirator walks free)
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/toronto-18-mastermind-sentenced-life-prison-terror-plot/story?id=9595349 (Mastermind sentenced to life)
An electrical hydro vault in downtown Vancouver also exploded recently and injured three workers while they were doing “regular maintenance”. Electrical maintenance on a thing they claim isn’t even being used for anything? Now, I don’t know about you, but that’s at least a little bit suspicious to me. Why were they working on something that isn’t even used? I find it even more suspect because in the novel that I mentioned earlier, the author calls for cutting power to certain areas in order to facilitate the terrorist attacks. None of the injured workers have been named or interviewed by anyone at all and the cause of the explosion is still “under investigation” by WorkSafe BC. Could this relate to preparations for an attack? Was it a cover for illegal things happening nearby? Or was it just an accident?
http://www.kelowna.com/2009/12/24/three-hydro-workers-injured-in-incident-in-underground-vault-one-man-remains-in-hospital-with-serious-burns/ (Workers injured in downtown blast)
The Canadian government bought over $1 million worth of tickets, over 3,200 seats, and refuses to tell why, or who gets them, if anyone does. In some seemingly good news, some politicians are refusing to accept tickets as perks because they say it is “inappropriate”. More recently though,
“The federal and provincial governments are trying to say that the tickets are only being used to ‘advance government agendas’, as though that admission makes it sound any better.”
Now that doesn’t sound suspicious to you, does it?
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100120/bc_olympics_ticket_handouts_100120/20100120/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome ($1 million in tickets purchased)
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2010/01/26/adrian-macnair-politicians-elbow-their-way-to-front-of-olympic-line.aspx (Tickets being used to advance agenda)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/public-spending-on-tickets-under-scrutiny/article1445472/ (Government spending money on tickets raises debate)
Originally, tickets were sold out in two days, prices varied but went as high as $750 per event. Soon after, those who purchased the tickets began to resell them online for higher prices, some as high as $5,000. Ticket sales at those prices have been steady for months until a couple of weeks ago. Suddenly tickets aren’t being purchased, and lots of people are selling their tickets! Tickets are now being sold at prices lower than they were originally. Usually, before an event, the price will go up, but apparently people don’t want to go now, why would that be?
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/dave_zirin/01/25/vancouver/?xid=shareFB (As the Olympics near, people are dreading the games.)
Is it possible that after 9/11, spotting false-flag style terrorism is so much easier now that people have been educated and people have begun seen these things on their own? Is it that people don’t trust their own governments? It’s becoming very evident that people are losing trust in their governments, and they shouldn’t trust them either. There are scores of sites now popping up warning about this possible attack on the Olympics, and searching for more evidence that this could be a false-flag attack. A friend of mine in the Army at Ft. Bragg, NC said to me in recent months that he believes the US military is preparing for a false-flag attack. Now that was scary for me to hear, because he didn’t go into any more detail than that. Anything is possible, and these things are plausible. We don’t need to be afraid, we just need to get the word out, if we do, this may never happen. The reason it would happen is so it could be blamed on another entity, if they can’t do that anymore, they lose that method and have less power over us. Together by spreading the information about this, we can eliminate the threat of false flag terror take away that weapon from those who wish to exploit it and we can use this information as a weapon and turn it right back around on them. I would rather nothing happen, but if it does, we’re going to be here ready to answer why we thought it would happen, and ready to turn this event back against them. So please, join in the search for more information, check out the companies involved, check out the people involved, check their connections, check out previous false flag attacks, learn how they work and find out if anything you see this time reminds you of a previous event. Together, we can save the world, one person at a time, wake up to the world around you, and wake up those around you. Thank you.
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=========RADIO SHOW POSTPONED
Clayton Douglas phoned me at mightnight that he was unable to do our show scheduled for this morning at 10 am East Coast time. We will talk about life, the soul and spirituality next Tuesday.
=========ANGRY BLAST AT AMERICAN WOMEN BY SLAVIC IMMIGRANT
I got a lot of email on my posting of material on rapes of US military servicewomen (http://johndenugent.com/jdn/2010/01/31/mel-gibsons-new-movie-edge-of-darkness-13rd-of-us-military-women-raped-by-comrades/)
Here was one very angry comment by an Eastern European. I do not not necessarily agree with some of his exaggerated remarks but he is providing a new perspective.
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Sorry, John but as AN EASTERN EUROPEAN I know better!!!
The opinion of practically ALL Eastern Europeans, both men and women who have emigrated from the bolshevik cage to the “free” Anglo-Saxon America, Canada and Australia is that, whether wrong or right, your Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian women LUVV to be “raped” by exotic species from jungles of Africa and deserts of Asia. Let us not fool ourselves.
[JdN: In my post here (http://johndenugent.com/jdn/2010/01/28/high-pitched-petulant-obongo-flops-at-state-of-union/ and scroll down two-thirds), Frank Davis, the porn-writing black nationalist and communist millitant, boasted of how easy it was to pick up white girls…..like Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother!
First of all, no normal woman would enlist to serve in any military.
[JdN: Well, the military is indeed the KILLING BUSINESS, a pretty male occupation ever since we males were hunters in the Stone Age. And the military is also a place where you have almost no choices and no freedom, and where family life is hopelessly disrupted by long absences, which result in adultery and estrangement. A man who comes back from war is a different person (harder, or even more quick-tempered and more impatient with lack of discipline) from the pre-combat man who left, and the kids and wife are not used to him either any more as an authority figure. I myself saw as a Marine some handsome Marine “studs” who studied lists of comrades going overseas so they could ‘visit’ their wives…. shocking. Davis boasted “the number of white babes interested in at least one meeting with a Negro male has been far more than I can handle” and wished “America were as civilised as, say, Scandinavia”. He concluded: “I regret none of my experiences or unusual appetites; for me they are normal.”]
BUT [a normal woman wants] to find a MAN with whom she will have children and live her life bringing up children and pleasing her man for mutual enjoyment, happiness and satisfaction. But whores spend their time in bars, drinking and flirting with anybody who buys them more alcohol and disdaining their husbands. In the military their dreams are fulfilled [of sleeping around] because there is large majority of males, specially males of exotic origin so those bitches can be “raped” as much as they want.
Their brains are utterly degenerated because from the cradle on they are under propaganda that the WHITE MALE is a pervert, cheater, murderer, rapist … and with their chicken brains they “understand” that any normal sexual approach of a White Male is a rape attack. Knowing this, I do not even communicate with those degenerates. In Chicago I know enough Polish immigrants, Irish immigrants, even a few German females with whom I can have a meaningful and NORMAL relationship.
You can see all over, however, the way your US White American-born couples walk around without any children whatsoever but with one or few DOGS. Or you see White women walking around with male partners from exotic species and then they have a bunch of young ones from that relationship but no dogs.
Look at that Oslo police spokeswoman Hanne Kristine Rohde! WHAT SHE IS DOING IN THE [police] PROFESSION WHICH IS CREATED FOR MEN ONLY?
I CAN BET THAT SHE HAS NO CHILDREN OF HER OWN — BUT SEVERAL DOGS AND SEVERAL ADOPTED YOUNG [one]S FROM THE JUNGLES OF AFRICA OR ASIA OR BOTH…DEGENERATE!
YOUR ANGLO-SAXON AND SCANDINAVIAN MALES HAVE COMPLETELY LOST CONTROL OVER YOUR FEMALES WHO, THANKS TO UTTERLY PERVERTED ANTI-WHITE MALE LAWS in the USA, England, Canada, Scandinavia, and Australia are TERRORISED … and are OBEDIENT LIKE COWS to the MALES FROM OTHER SPECIES.
EVERYBODY GETS WHAT HE DESERVES.
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Wow, that is quite a blast, but there is a grain of truth in some of that. As I wrote in my post “Mediterranean Superiority over Nordics” (http://johndenugent.com/jdn/2010/01/14/mediterranean-superiority-over-nordic-whites) the Ice Age created a special subcategory of our race that is so obsessed with playing fair, playing by the rules, being responsible and thus accepting guilt (for sexism, racism, male chauvinism, capitalism and destroying the enviroment), and totally NAIVE (“blue-eyed” actually has the secondary meaning of naive in many northern-european languages) that the ju has destroyed almost all his healthy instincts. I see more healthy instinct in Mediterranean whites and also in Slavic whites.
=========GOOD REVIEW OF GIBSON MOVIE
Have outraged Americans gone over ‘Edge of Darkness’?
Posted: February 01, 2010
1:10 am Eastern
For this first time in eight years, actor Mel Gibson takes up a starring role, this time as Detective Thomas Craven in “Edge of Darkness,” a gritty, father/cop-gets-revenge, nothing-to-lose, conspiracy-theory whodunit that feels oddly like all of Mel Gibson’s other films mashed into one, sans the kilts and blue face paint.
Whether the writers intended it or not, one sequence of the film looked a lot like “Mad Max” pulling a “Lethal Weapon” on the set of “Conspiracy Theory” because the dad from “What Women Want” got as ticked off as Mel got in “Ransom.”
I even had a flashback to “The Passion of the Christ” (which Gibson directed), when Craven utters, “You’d better decide whether you’re hanging on the cross or banging in the nails” (incidentally, Gibson’s hands are seen banging in the nails in “Passion”).
The film, however, carries a certain “Edge of Darkness” itself, as it taps into the spirit of America’s festering disillusionment with its leaders in government and introduces a shockingly violent, brutal strike back against Washington corruption run amok.
But when fans around me in the theater cheered the film’s bloody conclusion, I had to wonder: Is this where America is really heading – seething vengeance against Congress?
In one respect, the film’s plot is annoyingly Hollywood: The bad guy is, of course, the greedy Big Businessmen of the industrial military complex in bed with the government through a corrupt Republican senator.
It always has to be arms companies or pharmaceutical companies, don’t ya know … and heaven forbid the money-tied congressman be a Democrat!
But when the bad guys shoot Craven’s only daughter for planning to blow the whistle on their despicable plan to kill Americans and frame Muslim extremists – yeah, there’s another political jab there, too – they unleash “Detective Mad Max” hot on their trail (and hot under the collar) to unravel their web of deceit.
And yet, while Mel is off doing his “Lethal Daddy Weapon” thing – which he does well, much to the delight of Gibson fans, with more season and refinement than his earlier days as a crazy man with a badge – the film introduces a very curious nuance: the character known as Jedburgh.
The shadowy, British-accented Jedburgh is a black ops, “you never saw me” sort of one-man cleanup crew for the government acting above the law in the name of national security.
Actor Ray Winstone plays Jedburgh with a touch of class, a dignified, intelligent man only roughened around the edges by his line of work. What makes him particularly haunting, however, is his insistence that he is a completely independent agent – in other words, he decides who’s right and wrong, a sort of moral warrior who is only supposed to carry out the U.S. government’s wishes.
This not only makes Jedburgh the voice of the film’s “moral,” it also leads him to be the catalyst of the film’s devastatingly brutal conclusion:
Staring down the barrel of Jedburgh’s gun, the frightened target pleads: “But I am a United States senator!”
To which the assassin replies, “By what standard?”
The answer to the question doesn’t bode well for the senator.
But what about the question itself? The movie audience around me was applauding Jedburgh’s question and pulling for him to pull the trigger. Does this bode well for America, when we’ll cheer for our Congressmen to get blown away in the movies?
Gibson told Fox News the film intended to tap into America’s outrage over its corrupt, unaccountable and unresponsive leaders:
“It picks the scab off the governmental, corporate paranoia – the under-the-table workings that happen,” Gibson explained. “I think we’ve lost our naiveté; I don’t think we have any pretension that what most of our leaders are doing is leading us to the slaughterhouse.”
Well, if the scab is off, then it’s time leaders began healing the wound … or the slaughterhouse may be exactly where America is headed, a la 1776.
- “Edge of Darkness” is rated R for heavy violence and language. The violence consists of fist and knife fighting, several shootings and murders. The film’s level of gore, particularly gunshots to the head and neck, is exceptionally gruesome, even for a movie of this nature. Blood and vomiting are depicted in detail.
- The film contains dozens of hard profanities, many of which were tossed indiscriminately and unnecessarily into the script with little cause and no positive effect.
- The movie has no overt sexuality.
- In addition to the quote mentioned above about hanging on the cross, the film contains a few mentions of God, several uses of God’s name in vain and a fervent but hasty prayer that is difficult to hear. There is no other religious or occult content.