About The Film
In The Unknown Known, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris (The Fog of War) offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, the larger-than-life figure who served as George W. Bush’s secretary of defense and as the principal architect of the Iraq War.
Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and explain his “snowflakes” — the enormous archive of memos he wrote across almost fifty years in Congress, the White House, in business, and twice at the Pentagon. The memos provide a window into history — not as it actually happened, but as Rumsfeld wants us to see it.
By focusing on the “snowflakes,” with their conundrums and their contradictions, Morris takes us where few have ever been — beyond the web of words into the unfamiliar terrain of Rumsfeld’s mind. The Unknown Known presents history from the inside out. It shows how the ideas, the fears, and the certainties of one man, written out on paper, transformed America, changed the course of history — and led to war.
Shine a Light On the United States Defense Budget
about the petition
The National Defense Authorization Act is passed by Congress each year to define the Department of Defense budget—a big responsibility, as 2013’s budget totaled $662 billion.
The Senate votes and deliberates behind closed doors, unlike the House, which remains transparent throughout the process. With so much money on the line, voters have the right to know the fund appropriation before the final vote is revealed.
Sign the petition to open the NDAA by making the Senate Armed Services Committee at least as transparent as the House Armed Services Committee.