Rachel Maddow Doc Explores Post-9/11 World

by | September 1, 2011 at 3:10 PM | TV News

Rachel Maddow (Photo: Getty Images)

Rachel Maddow (Photo: Getty Images)

American democracy in trouble? Don’t worry – Rachel Maddow will save us.

The liberal firebrand – seen weeknights at 9/8c on MSNBC – has produced a new documentary special about the post-9/11 world that explores how fundamental freedoms and basic civil rights have been undermined and curtailed in America in the wake of the terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001.

Maddow’s documentary – in which she’s partnered with NBC News correspondent Richard Engel – is called “Day of Destruction, Decade of War.” It starts tonight – Thursday, Sept. 1 – in Maddow’s time slot, 9-10 p.m. (8-9c), on MSNBC, and continues Friday evening.

To drum up publicity for the project, Maddow did an interview with The Huffington Post in which she reveals what she learned over the last 10 years following the cold-blooded sneak attacks: “We are structurally different than we were.”

OK, but how, Rachel? According to the interview – which you can read here — Rachel’s documentary will show how “the national security state” expanded its power, how “private entities” are carrying out “covert operations and core spying functions,” how the CIA is operating “secret prisons,” how the private lives of Americans have been “intruded” upon.

“There are certain things about the way that the country’s changed,” Maddow told her HuffPo interviewer. “Super-empowered local law enforcement, the business of national security, the privatization of so many core military functions, the way that the fear of terrorism . . . has become a lucrative business, the way that it has become almost an unquestioned goal that counterterrorism and law enforcement should be co-mingled.”

She noted that no one from either the Bush or Obama administrations would agree to be interviewed for the project. So she and Engel interviewed other people, such as one Malcolm Nance, described as a former Navy official who is disapproving of some of the methods employed by our intelligence professionals to procure information from detainees that could prevent future attacks.

Rachel indicated that she’s worried about nothing less than the state of our democracy – which, for her, is undermined or otherwise eroded every time the government engages in activities without the consent of the majority. “I am very interested in how connected our political debates in this country are to what our country actually does,” she said. “Whenever this country does its own thing regardless of what people want. or it does it not caring what people want, it worries me. It shakes me a little bit. We should never feel like our destiny is out of our own hands. I don’t want us to feel like the country moves in a way that the people don’t decide.”

“Day of Destruction, Decade of War” premieres Thursday (Sept. 1) at 9/8c on MSNBC.

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