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The Power of Nightmares - Broadcast BBC 2 October 2004

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  • George Lessard
    The Power of Nightmares - Part I - Baby It s Cold Outside In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1 8:45 AM
      The Power of Nightmares - Part I - Baby It's Cold Outside"

      In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now
      they promise to protect us from nightmares.

      The most frightening of these is the threat of an international
      terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are
      these nightmares.

      This is a must watch documentary - Broadcast BBC 2 10/20/04 -
      Written and Produced by Adam Curtis

      Pt # One Video & Transcript
      Bittorrent file


      VO: In the past, politicians promised to create a better world. They
      had different ways of achieving this. But their power and authority
      came from the optimistic visions they offered to their people. Those
      dreams failed. And today, people have lost faith in ideologies.
      Increasingly, politicians are seen simply as managers of public life.
      But now, they have discovered a new role that restores their power
      and authority. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise
      to protect us from nightmares. They say that they will rescue us from
      dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand. And the
      greatest danger of all is international terrorism. A powerful and
      sinister network, with sleeper cells in countries across the world. A
      threat that needs to be fought by a war on terror. But much of this
      threat is a fantasy, which has been exaggerated and distorted by
      politicians. It's a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned
      through governments around the world, the security services, and the
      international media.

      VO: This is a series of films about how and why that fantasy was
      created, and who it benefits. At the heart of the story are two
      groups: the American neoconservatives, and the radical Islamists.
      Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal
      dream to build a better world. And both had a very similar
      explanation for what caused that failure. These two groups have
      changed the world, but not in the way that either intended. Together,
      they created today's nightmare vision of a secret, organized evil
      that threatens the world. A fantasy that politicians then found
      restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. And those
      with the darkest fears became the most powerful.

      The Power of Nightmares Part II

      Part II: The Phantom Victory
      Pt # Two Video & Transcript

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      The Power of Nightmares: The Phantom Victory

      The Power of Nightmares continues its assessment of whether the
      threat from a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion.
      Part two, the Phantom Victory looks at how two groups, radical
      Islamists and neo-conservatives with seemingly opposing ideologies
      came together to defeat a common enemy.

      Among the many foreigners drawn to Afghanistan was a young, wealthy
      Saudi called Osama Bin Laden.

      The Power of Nightmares - Part III
      The Shadows In The Cave

      The Power of Nightmares assesses whether the threat from a hidden and
      organised terrorist network is an illusion. In the concluding part of
      the series, the programme explains how the illusion was created and
      who benefits from it.


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