• Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Silenced

    2014-12-01 18:38:43View | Delete

    Thank you so much Jim for being here tonight, and also for making such an important film. We really appreciate everything, and hope we’ll be hearing a lot more about the film soon.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Silenced

    2014-12-01 18:04:09View | Delete

    What surprised you the most as you made the film?

    That is an excellent question.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Silenced

    2014-12-01 17:53:48View | Delete

    Speaking of Snowden, did you attempt to contact him, and do you know if he’s seen the film?

    Ach, that reminds me of something. Emailing you.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Silenced

    2014-12-01 17:52:30View | Delete

    John’s criticisms of torture have if anything gained in relevance, with the current tussle over the release of the CIA’s internal report on the “enhanced interrogation” program. By all accounts the information contained in that report is damning on every level. So I think in general as the extent of the government’s secret activities becomes more widely known, the vital importance of whistleblowers to the public’s need to know is becomes more and more apparent.

    I am really, really looking forward to John’s release from prison so that he can weigh in on that. I agree that it will be extremely enlightening and valuable.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Silenced

    2014-12-01 17:36:46View | Delete

    From the time you started until now, do you think public opinion has turned about whistleblowers? I know when we first started defending Chelsea Manning, everyone who knew who she was wanted her shot. Eventually that began to turn. I feel like John was somewhat in a more obscure position not long ago, but of late (and I’d say in large part due to Silenced) his plight has been getting more attention.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Silenced

    2014-12-01 17:33:03View | Delete

    Of course, I had no idea that John Kiriakou would eventually plead out to some of the charges against him and end up in prison. And filming that, the actual process of separation from his children, was deeply affecting for me.

    I was there when Kevin told John about what was in the film, when we were visiting him at Loreto. It was a very emotional moment.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Silenced

    2014-12-01 17:16:18View | Delete

    And I think their comfort level really comes across in the movie, in the intimacy with which they reveal how being targeted by the government deeply affected them all.

    You got some really vulnerable moments from Kiriakou, things you probably couldn’t have predicted. How did the process of whittling down all your material go, and how did the final film differ from what you originally envisioned?

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Silenced

    2014-12-01 17:04:56View | Delete

    Can you tell us if you were pressured at any time to include or not include things? And were there people who were reluctant to talk to you?

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Movie Night: Silenced

    2014-12-01 16:50:32View | Delete

    Thank you Kevin, and welcome Jim. We are so happy to have you here.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 11:37:28View | Delete

    Now….what kinds of trouble can we cause while Mom’s not looking…. ;-)

    I would be SOOO disappointed if you didn’t!

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 11:36:54View | Delete

    I will have Ben & Jerry’s and think of you!

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 11:13:27View | Delete

    Thank you fiver, I intend to work on that ;)

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 11:12:54View | Delete

    I’ve heard that after recovery from surgery people are relatively pain free. Which for me would be the first time in years, so I just had to bite the bullet.

    I asked the doctor if the reason this was happening at my age (relatively early for such surgery) and he speculated it could be because of cancer treatments I’ve had in the past, but nobody knows. I thought it was going to turn out t be bone cancer, so I was actually pretty happy when it turned out to be degenerative disease.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 11:09:14View | Delete

    Thanks Twain so much for the support.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 11:08:26View | Delete

    I’ve had a remarkable number of people volunteering to take over tasks that are needed on the site during my absence, so we will be able to cover the basic necessities I hope. I really appreciate your offer of help.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 11:00:26View | Delete

    Thanks CS! Those pillows are awesome :)

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 10:59:33View | Delete

    Thanks Coach, will do.

    It is indeed beautiful here. If only the rain would let up every now and again!

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 10:37:27View | Delete

    Thank you to those who will help keep things running while you heal.

    Thanks marym! 2x to that.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 10:36:49View | Delete

    Thank you UnkaWillbur, I appreciate it.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 10:36:16View | Delete

    Have you made provision for DOS attacks in case we have difficulties logging on?

    I’d say the majority of those stopped when we installed new software. But to the extent they still happen, Brian has volunteered to monitor the site and make sure people aren’t having trouble commenting, the site stays up, etc.

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