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.”

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
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14 thoughts on “Oliver Stone: Tyrannical ‘mad men’ are running our country

  1. While I share Mr. Stone's sense of anger, these men (and a few women) aren't mad, they're trying to hold onto power like the powerful always have. They're finding it more and more difficult, which is why they're spying on us and whittling away what we mistakenly assumed were our "rights." But most people remain sheep, and there has been a surfeit of "Operation Mockingbird"-style character assassination from the government apologentsia this time around. They're trying even harder than they did with Manning and Assange, despite Edward Snowden's lack of a freak factor. Snowden may not be a "hero," but he did the most morally correct thing a human being can do under the ridiculous circumstances in which he found himself. This isn't an Alex Berenson novel where the protagonist is crafty, deadly and super-smart and supernaturally lucky enough to always make the right move. The kid (to me he's just a kid, anyway) has made some bonehead moves that aren't making him a lot of friends among the easily manipulated general populace. But really, whatever he does, he's toast, just like the rest of us. There's nowhere good to go. The walls have eyes and ears, everywhere. Go watch Terry Gilliam's "Brazil." We're already there, and have been for some time. Anyway, since mere words don't seem to cut it any more, I've taken to editorializing with music. Here's one you can even dance to, about the crappy set of opportunities available to a young man these days. I'm sure Mr. Snowden sees himself in there somewhere. Maybe you do as well.

  2. MarthaWashington says:

    "Mad Men" is CORRECT,but Obama's plan was 2 "fundamentally change" the NATION,he's giving it his all.

    Americans from sea 2 shining sea see what is happening to our cherished country,but we haven't LOST HOPE.

    Thankfully the TRUTH will always be uncovered no matter how this CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION tries 2 HIDE ALL their SCANDALS #FAST&FURIOUS MURDERS, #BENGHAZI Scandal, #IRS Scandal, #Secret Service Scandals, #Birth Certificate Scandal, #Stolen SS numbers Scandals, #Muslim Brotherhood Support Scandals, Taliban Scandals,Arming Syria Scandal aka Al Qaeda Scandal, Releasing the Blind Sheik Scandal, Secret KILL LIST Scandal #Drone Assassinations,War CRIMES

    Congress PLEASE do your JOB& DEFEND the CONSTITUTION!!!!!!

  3. Leon says:

    Actually, he served in Vietnam as a soldier and volunteer. What have you done?

  4. Speak2Truth says:

    And Oliver Stone hasn't figured out the huge difference between Bush and Obama.

    When Congress passed the Patriot Act and the Bush Admin put it into effect, his Admin targeted America's Islamist enemies for detection and removal. That is the duty of the Federal Government.

    The Obama Admin has gone to great efforts, even using our military force, to help America's Islamist enemies rise to power, overseas and in the US. Obama's Administration considers white Americans wearing Uncle Sam hats to be the 'enemy', while doing all possible to shield Islamist terrorists from scrutiny.

    The Obama Admin has turned the mechanisms of power and control against the American People it is supposed to be protecting and serving. It's like the movie "Oblivion". See it.

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