Secret Government

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The Secret Government: Constitution in Crisis (1987) is a PBS documentary that covers the Iran Contra Scandal of 1987. The Iran-Contra Affair was a political scandal occurring in 1987 as a result of earlier events during the Reagan administration in which members of the executive branch sold weapons to Iran, and illegally used the proceeds to continue funding anti-Sandinista rebels, the Contras, in Nicaragua. One of the business men who helped fund the scandal was Joseph Coors from the Coors Beer fortune.

Other shady operations covered in this video:

  • The US enlisted Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie “The Butcher of Lyon” and then helped him flee to Bolivia.
  • The US backed coup take over in Iran of 1953 that took elected official Mohamed Mossadeq out of power and installed the Shaw in Iran. Mossadeq had planned to kick out British Petroleum and nationalize the countries oil fields.
  • The 1954 coup in Guatemala to over throw Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. Arbenz nationalized the land in the country and gave it to the poor. Much of the land was held by the United Fruit Company.
  • Cuba 1961 Bay of Pigs US Invasion, an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro.
  • The Vietnam War of 1968 originally started as US covert operation and support for a puppet leader Ngo Dinh Diem. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was provoked as an excuse to go into battle. Ralph MacGehee was there for the CIA and helped setup the South Vietnam Secret Police.
  • Oliver North was involved with CIA drug smuggling to fund The Iran-Contra Affair.


More from PBS on the secrecy of the US Government pbs.org/now I am not associated with PBS, but personally I believe the work Bill Moyers does is essential to US Democracy. Please consider making a donation as I have so Bill Moyers can keep up the good work http://www.pbs.org/now/pledge.html This would be a great video to request for at public libraries, give as a gift to state delegates for you local precinct, and to show to friends and family, but I have not been able to find it on DVD. Perhaps if there is enough public support PBS will consider making the DVD available to the public again.

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