Oliver Stone: Tyrannical ‘mad men’ are running our country

Filmmaker Oliver Stone didn’t parse his criticism of the United States during a Fourth of July appearance at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, calling Edward Snowden “a hero.”

He also said the rest of the world should stand up to the United States and offer asylum to the National Security Agency whistleblower, The Wrap reported.

“It’s a disgrace that Obama is more concerned with hunting down Snowden than reforming these George Bush-style eavesdropping techniques,” Stone said at an afternoon press conference.

Stone, who won an Oscar for directing “Born on the Fourth of July” in 1989, was at the festival to show two episodes from his TV series “The Untold History of the United States.”

“To me, Snowden is a hero, because he revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the Fourth Amendment.” Stone said. “He should be welcomed, and offered asylum, but he has no place to hide because every country is intimidated by the United States.

“This should not be. This is what’s wrong with the world today, and it’s very important that the world recognizes and gives asylum to Snowden. Everyone in the world is impacted by the United States’ Big Brother attitude toward the world.”

The Wrap reported that Stone told the audience made up largely of European journalists, that their countries should resist U.S. pressure. “We need countries to say no to the United States,” he said.

“And the world is in danger with our tyranny.”

On more than one occasion, Stone told the audience that he did not do movies for ideological reasons and was not a political activist, although he said he may have become one, according to The Wrap report.

“There seem to be madmen running the country. Mad men. They wear suits, they wear ties, they talk nice like Obama or tough like Bush, but what’s the difference? They’re mad men.”

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


  • Big Bamboo

    If you truly love America, you will never pay money to see an Oliver Stone film again. He is a traitor.

  • Doug Hanks

    One can always count on Oliver Stone to give a calm, reasoned, thoughtful judgment on any topic.

  • Pat

    Oliver WHO ???

  • http://www.nemagazine.net Native Entertainment

    Oliver Stone! Now that's a man who believes in the Constitution! God bless you for speaking out against terrorism brother!

  • http://www.haiticomfort.org ray comfort

    what about the subject matter? He seems to reflect what I believe.I haven't been to a theatre since the Passion and then a decade before that!

  • Louis Murphy

    Big Bamboo your with no doubt an ignorant that can't see the comparisons between Hitler and Obama. That means your a ignorant American that doesn't know anything about world history or you just got off the plane yesterday.

  • denewark

    these guys, and all need to be found as we cannot say that ALL the rich or wealthy or Jewish, or Zionist are THEM ( IT) BUT WE NEED TO SEE ALL the paper trail, so the cradle they helped to create, will their bough to break, and cokme tumblin down….they are very specific these madmen and women. I think its timely as well to consider " all " who betray their fellow humans because it is their job, they NEED the money, are part of the "minions" constricting others within this lie, their web of treachery, all need to step out of the shadows and stand full in the light of responsibility, they should not distract others or themselves with their pursuits of pleasure, guilty war booty, lashiviously, they need to be responsible with the truth and see if they still stand so tall? lets take a lttle WIZ of OZ together in the light of the DAY…..IS everyone proud of their lives so far? time to have some smelling salts, and NOT the bathsalts of the madmen and women!

  • Chris Coleman

    Are you brain dead or just delusional? This country isn't even a shadow of it's former glory. We are being ran into the ground by mad men.

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