THE WARNING- Terrorism. Cronyism. Surveillance.A never-ending war against "terror."

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Terrorism. Cronyism. Surveillance. The suspension of basic Constitutional protections. The Patriot Act. Pre-emptive War. Bad intelligence. Torture. Corporate power. Mercenaries. Occupation. The Unitary Executive. Neo-Cons. A never-ending war against "terror."

Something very strange has happened in America. Since 2001, America has taken a radical turn.

Five authors stood up and spoke truth to power, exposing shocking trends towards a police state, an accelerated corporate integration with the state and the blatant subversion of the U. S. Constitution.

Five mavericks asked questions the mainstream media refused to ask, and looked into the dark corners of a closing democracy, a changing economy and growing empire.

* Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy
* Naomi Wolf: The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
* Chris Hedges: American Fascists; the Christian Right and the War on America
* Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
* Joe Conason: It Can Happen Here: Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush

They expose the forces at work in the transformation of our democracy into a Unitary Executive that uses fear, emergency powers and the supremacy of military command to gather power into the office of the Presidency. The Warning traces the radical steps America had taken toward a new, wholly unconstitutional form of American government.

* The rise of super-patriotism
* Disdain for the importance of human rights and the rule of law
* Use of torture and secret prisons
* Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause
* Suppression of dissent
* A controlled mass media
* Obsession with national security
* Religion and ruling elite tied together
* Power of corporations protected
* Rampant cronyism and corruption
* Fraudulent elections

These steps lead to a potential tipping point, from democracy to something different. Something ominous.

This is their warning. Watch, before it is too late.
Filmmaker's 'Warning' explores consequences of Bush-era abuses
Stephen C. Webster
Published: Saturday December 20, 2008

Five iconoclastic authors, one crucial message.

Filmmaker JP Sottile, after years towing the line among the ranks of mainstream press, has broken away. His new documentary, 'The Warning,' is nothing if not an urgent plea for a return to Constitutional values in an age of rampant abuse.

Comprised of interviews with authors Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. ("Crimes Against Nature"), Naomi Wolf ("The End of America"), Naomi Klein ("The Shock Doctrine"), Chris Hedges ("American Fascists") and Joe Conason ("It Can Happen Here"), 'The Warning' plumbs deep the frightening, totalitarian advances seen in US governance since the appointment of George W. Bush, and the threats these new executive powers pose in the coming years.

"A lot of people are very hopeful for an Obama administration," said Sottile speaking to RAW STORY. "And one of the questions that comes up is, now that Bush is leaving, do you think this film is relevant? I think it's more relevant than ever."

Sottile spent a portion of his career at PBS, with The News Hours with Jim Lehrer, pursuing what he calls an "antiseptic" way of handling the news.

"But here were five people who were saying something very, very important, and very, very startling, and basically was being ignored by the mainstream media," he said.

Sottile's film avoids cinematic flare in favor of an 85-minute, focused, heavily researched diatribe that caustically categorizes the Bush administration's most egregious abuses.

"One of the reasons for the rise of alternative press on the Web is because people are turning off their TVs," said Sottile, expanding on his reasons for breaking away from televised journalism. "They don't trust the media. The American people regard the media pretty much the same way they regard lawyers. I think the fact that important questions have not been asked by the media after 9/11, in the lead-up to the Iraq war, people are reacting to that."

Moving forward, Sottile said he plans future 'Truth to Power' films on the neoconservative ideology, and the use of depleted uranium in Iraq.

Watch a preview for 'The Warning' below, or purchase the full version at Sottile's Web site,