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. Through his Facebook page, established in March 2012, he created a brand that projects himself, his directorial work and his treatise on surveillance, foreign policy, empire, terrorism and drugs.6 The entries in 2012 were dominated by information on the progress of Savages and Untold History. However, in-​between these updates, Stone referenced a range of his concerns, some longstanding, some new. A plug for the republication of Jim Garrison’s On the Trail of the Assassins, and a posting of an op-​ed piece about JFK written by Stone and first published in the New

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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

is not a pacifist. He does not advocate disengagement from the threat of international terrorism in the modern age, but he does see the US administration’s tendency towards militaristic solutions as ultimately self-​defeating. Its intelligence gathering, as events in the 2010s gave testimony to, covered an ever-​increasing multitude of confusing sins. Of course, 31 Th e ci nem a of Ol iver   S to ne 32 Stone’s past as a combat veteran looms large in his politics and attitude to conflict, and it is easily forgotten that this has made him a difficult target for

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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

(respectively) Secretaries of State and Defense –​the irony was not lost on Stone. Politics institutionalised war and vice versa. Stone had never opposed a government response to terrorism, contrary to what some had asserted, although he had argued long and hard for a more intelligence-​led engagement.78 What his position really desired was accountability, and accountability comes from different debates and ideas being shared. Like other Democrats, the arrival of Barack Obama in the White House in 2009, and his subsequent re-​election in 2012, disappointed in its failure to

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