The parallels between today’s Boston police “surge” and the film “The Siege” is shocking. The Siege was released in 1998. I saw it on television much later, but before 9/11. I remember, even as poorly educated as I was at the time, agreeing with and admiring Denzel Washington’s character. Just seemed obvious. You don’t sacrifice freedom to save lives. Ever. Not worth it. Never works anyway… 1998 – think they had any idea that their movie was more prophecy than parable? “Great movie, but that can’t happen here man.” Yeah.
Anthony ‘Hub’ Hubbard: [upon learning Devereaux’s plans to torture Tariq] Are you people insane? What are you talkin’ about?
General William Devereaux: The time has come for one man to suffer in order to save hundreds of lives.
Anthony ‘Hub’ Hubbard: One Man? What about two, huh? What about six? How about public executions?
General William Devereaux: Feel free to leave whenever you like, Agent Hubbard.
Anthony ‘Hub’ Hubbard: Come on General, you’ve lost men, I’ve lost men, but you – you, you *can’t* do this! What, what if they don’t even want the sheik, have you considered that? What if what they really want is for us to herd our children into stadiums like we’re doing? AND PUT SOLDIERS ON THE STREET AND HAVE AMERICANS LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDERS? BEND THE LAW, SHRED THE CONSTIUTION JUST A LITTLE BIT? Because if we torture him, General, we do that and everything we have fought, and bled, and died for is over. And they’ve won. They’ve already won!