Film starlet Natalie Portman, thought to be a staunch supporter of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s quest for world domination, recently sent a subtle yet effective message to the voting public: “I’ve cooled on Clinton”.
Throughout history prisoners of war have been trotted out before the media, press, diplomats, human rights advocates, etc., for the purposes of propoganda. The captors generally wish to convey a false sense of well being; that their respective captives are being well cared for, maybe even displaying signs of Stockholm Syndrome and the like. It’s not uncommon to see prisoners denounce national loyalties and allegiances on video or tape recording, yet another tactic employed by their captors in an effort to fool the public.
At the same time, we’ve also seen the captured spurn the captor by slipping in subtle signs of defiance in the form of coded mannerisms to indicate that things aren’t exactly as they may seem. One of the more common techniques has been the age old, universally understood crossing of the fingers, and we all know how significant that can be. A particularly publicized example of this happened to none other than Senator Clinton back in 2004. It wasn’t a captor/captive situation obviously, but the principle is the same. Take a look at this photo of the incident: