In SILENCED, Academy Award nominated documentarian James Spione investigates what really happened inside the U.S. security establishment after the events of September 11, 2001, that caused it to radically change course in profound and lasting ways.
The arc of post-9/11 history leading to today - an alternative, inside narrative - is revealed exclusively through three of the most important whistleblowers of the era, speaking for the first time in one film, who discuss in dramatic and unprecedented detail the evolution of the government's increasingly harsh response to unauthorized disclosures. Exploring the unique courage and character it takes to challenge unethical behavior from within the American national security establishment, SILENCED offers a provocative critique of systemic failures of the U.S. government and its draconian over-reactions. The film, through its vivid characters, challenges the national narrative (some would say myth) from which our mainstream discourse seldom deviates: of America the victim, and of an America that protects liberties at home and abroad. The documentary ultimately asks what the chilling ordeals endured by those who question official policy mean for the future of America.
Cara Zwibel, Fundamental Freedoms Program Director, Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
Cara Faith Zwibel is a lawyer practicing constitutional and human rights law in Toronto. She is currently Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, focusing on issues of freedom of expression, democratic governance and state surveillance. Cara graduated from McGill University in 2001 with an Honours degree in Political Science. She received her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004, and articled as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004-2005, before being called to the Ontario bar in 2005. Cara also received her Master of Laws degree from New York University, where she was an Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar. Prior to joining the CCLA, Cara worked as an Associate at a large national law firm, practicing in the areas of public law, health law and commercial litigation. She has experience representing clients at all levels of court and before administrative tribunals, and has co-authored published articles on the rule of law in the Supreme Court of Canada, Charter advocacy, freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Her work with the CCLA involves providing legal opinions and research, coordinating interventions before the courts, preparing submissions to legislative bodies and engaging in public education and outreach activities.