dinsdag 14 september 2010

Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (2003)

"Linguist, intellectual and activist, Noam Chomsky discusses and reflects on the state of world events including the War in Iraq, September 11th, the War on Terror, Media Manipulation and Control, Social Activism, Fear, and American Foreign Policy in both large forums and in small interactive discussions with other intellectuals, activists, fans, students and critics. Interwoven, is Dr. Carol Chomsky, Noam's wife and manager who reflects on what drives Noam and what life is like with him. Other candid reflections about Noam Chomsky and his thoughts, work and influece are offerred by others throughout the film."

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The Red Army / PFLP: Declaration of World War (1971)


"Unlike the students doing nothing but talking, Wakamatsu decides to act efficiently. And can be more efficient than armed struggle, like the PFLP ready to blow up 3 aircraft to be heard by everyone?

That’s why, Wakamatsu and Adachi (his usual scenarist) go meet with those revolutionaries, hiden somewhere in the Lebanese Mountains. There, no more Modern Civilisation, just traditional habitations from the middle east: small houses near desert area. Here, American Imperialism, Zionism and Israel are hated by everybody.

Armed struggle is part of the revolutionaries’ daily life. Learn how to fight, how to use weapons, and always practise to be ready to fight. Being on stand-by doesn’t mean being lazy, they have to keep practicing, always, there’s no dead time. Revolutionaries take apart weapons and take part together, they do simulation of fights with real weapons… Kalachnikov, bazooka, and grenades belong to the artillery of the good revolutionary.

On the walls, we can often find bullet holes. And for sure, we know the urban-sterilized American world hasn’t put one foot in these rebels area. Armed struggle must stop the rise of American imperialism. Oncle Sam and his symbols are laughed through many propaganda draws, and assimilated to a death culture. Same thing about the american TV, always showing a magnificent hyper-reality. Lies that must be destructed by revolutionaries actions – hostage taking, terrorist attack…

Any actions is good as long as it open people’s eyes, in order to call every partisans from every country to be ready to the revolution – a world war. Wakamatsu and Adachi interview some revolutionaries about their motivations, their expectations, their hopes. In every answers, there’s the need of a marxist-leninist world revolution. Known as the only way to crush imperialism. The “Palestinian Revolution” must be an example that can allow the unity of every freedom fighters of the world. In other words, The Internationale must become a reality.

With this documentary, this is exactly what Wakamatsu and Adachi want people to know. It’s a call for the armed struggle… That’s why Wakamatsu and Adachi will be considered as terrorist by some international organism."

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One Day in September (1999)


"A compelling and Oscar-winning documentary on the 1972 Olympics hostage crisis involving 11 members of the Israeli team. Though MacDonald's method is often traditionally expository, he selects and arranges his evidence well, and gets interviews with some remarkable people, including one of the terrorists. Some have objected to the use of 1972 pop songs (Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song, Apollo 100's Joy, and Deep Purple's Child in Time), but for me the music, efficiently played over montages of athletics and grisly post-mortems, actually makes the film. Even if history doesn't end up canonizing this film, any film on terrorism made before 2001 (especially so shortly before 2001) is bound to have a more complex perspective than a film made after (like Spielberg's Munich). Plus, the film's critique of the media culture of terrorism and news coverage of terrorist events seems prescient for having been made a decade ago."

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Milosevic on Trial (2007)

“I consider this tribunal false tribunal, and these indictments false indictments. It is illegal.” said former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic. The doco spans four years, from 2002 – 2006, during which time Milosevic was tried at the International Criminal Tribunal for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. During this period the filmmakers had exclusive access to key players: Milosevic's legal adviser Dragoslav Ognjanovic (“To be the lawyer of a man like him, it is a great honour.”) and prosecution attorney Geoffrey Nice (“This trial is about the accused's rise to power – power that was exercised without accountability, responsibility or morality.”).

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"Career" - Appointment with adventure (1956)

 Appointment with adventure
Season 2
Episode 24: Career
11 March 1956

The Appointment With Adventure TV show was a 30 minute anthology drama series on CBS where audiences were transported to different locations around the U.S. and the world. Since the Appointment With Adventure TV show was an anthology series, there were no regular cast members. Different actors appeared each week.

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This film explores the many facets of espionage -- personal meetings, agent activities, clandestine communications, and surveillance.

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Echelon -- The Most Secret Spy System (History channel)

Reportedly created to monitor the military and diplomatic communications of the Soviet Union and its East Bloc allies during the Cold War in the early sixties, today ECHELON is believed to search also for hints of terrorist plots, drug-dealers' plans, and political and diplomatic intelligence. But some critics, including the European Union committee that commissioned the EU report, claim the system is being used also for large-scale commercial theft and invasion of privacy.

While details of methods and capabilities are highly sensitive and protected by special laws (e.g. 18 USC 798), gathering signals intelligence (SIGINT) is an acknowledged mission of the U.S. National Security Agency. As of August 2006, their web site had a FAQ page on the topic, which states:

“NSA/CSS’s Signal Intelligence mission is to intercept and analyze foreign adversaries' communications signals, many of which are protected by codes and other complex countermeasures. We collect, process, and disseminate intelligence reports on foreign intelligence targets in response to intelligence requirements set at the highest levels of government. Foreign intelligence means information relating to the capabilities, intentions, and activities of foreign powers, organisations or persons.”

In 2001, the EP report, recommended that citizens of member states routinely use cryptography in their communications to protect their privacy. In the UK, the government introduced the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act which gives authorities the power to demand that citizens hand over their encryption keys, without a judge-approved warrant. In April 2004, the European Union decided to spend 11 million euros developing secure communication based on quantum cryptography — the SECOQC project — a system that would theoretically be unbreakable by ECHELON or any other espionage system.

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Annie Machon: Keynote Address - June 3, 2006

"MI5 was founded… way back in 1909, and its primary purpose was to investigate the threat of German espionage in the run-up to the first World War. They have moved on slightly in those 80 years, but all that time, they didn’t exist… officially." – Annie Machon, June 3, 2006.

Annie Machon, is a former intelligence officer for MI5. She and infamous truthteller David Shayler walked away from MI5 after deciding that they could not morally justify withholding from the British public the unpleasant realities that made up the workaday intelligence lifestyle. This included criminal practices that went as far as subletting an assassination attempt on Libya’s Qaddafi to a terrorist organization with al-Qaeda links—3 years after the first WTC bombing in 1993. (If you go to the archived April 8, 2006 broadcast of “World Crisis Radio” you can listen to Shayler tell his story in his own words.)

Although the intelligence world is all-consuming, and dissidents are few, they do exist. Recently, former, and ex-CIA analysts have been critical of the 9/11 Commission and its final report: Ray McGovern, David MacMichaels, Mel Goodman and most recently, Bill Christison. The most famous high-level analyst to publicly break with CIA is Victor Marchetti. The publication of his book “The Cult of Intelligence” inspired the Church Committee.

There are also notable cases of operatives who have had moral dilemmas that could not be resolved as they worked as CIA field agents. The most famous case would be that of ex-agent Philip Agee, with a close runner-up being Ralph McGehee.

This is where Shayler and Machon come from. Shayler learned that the plot to kill Qaddafi not only failed, but innocent civilians were killed by a misplaced bomb, and bystanders were also shot by Qaddafi’s security. The “terrorists” were funded by MI6. The leader of the terrorists, “Tunworth”, an associate of bin Laden.

Machon gives a first-hand view of British intelligence, mostly unglamorous.

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Focus on the FBI (1959 - 1970)

National Archives and Records Administration

Focus on the FBI, ca. 1959 - ca. 1970

Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (1935 - )

NEWSREEL: Follows twenty-seven year old law school graduate, Tom Holliday, progress through thirteen week training course at FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Trainees learn when, where, what, and how to investigate bank robbies, kidnappings, extortion and espionage crimes, and laws and federal statutes covering these crimes. Demonstrates how to photograph and read burned paper, how to identify fire arms, manual fingerprint search process, and different types of guns. At Combat Village, ghost town used by FBI to train agents, Tom demonstrated his ability to capture and arrest fugitive. J. Edgar Hoover, Director of FBI since 1924, comments on importance of FBI training for special agents.

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Producer: National Archives and Records Administration
Language: English

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The corperation (2003)

The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film critical of the modern-day corporation, considering it as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychologist might evaluate an ordinary person.

The Corporation official movie website

Director: Mark Achbar
Producer: Mark Achbar, Bart Simpson
Production Company: Big Picture Media Corporation
Sponsor: k-otic.com
Audio/Visual: sound, color

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Part 1 699.7 MB 343.0 MB 356.1 MB
Part 2 699.3 MB 238.8 MB 249.1 MB
BONUS VIDEO - Joel Bakan interviewed by Janeane Garofalo on Air America 404.1 MB 158.5 MB 158.7 MB

maandag 13 september 2010

Chasing trouble (1940)

Taken from IMDB: A delivery boy for a flower shop, who thinks of himself as an amateur detective, finds out that his boss is mixed up with a foreign espionage ring.

Director: Howard Bretherton
Producer: Grant Withers
Production Company: Monogram Pictures Corporation
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white

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Mission against terror / Mission contra el terror

A documentary by Bernie Dwyer & Roberto Ruiz.
Language is Spanish. English language has Spanish subtitles.

This award-winning documentary tells the story of the "Cuban 5" who were imprisoned in the U.S. for trying to stop acts of terrorism against their homeland, Cuba.

As Havana wakes up to another day, five Cuban men are serving their time in prisons scattered throughout the United States.

Their crime? Protecting their country and people against terrorism.

Arrested on September 12, 1998 and subjected to a trial, which U.S. civil rights lawyer, Leonard Weinglass, calls a "violation" from start to finish, the Cuban 5 were locked away for a total of three life sentences plus 68 years.

On August 10, 2005 a federal appeals court overturned the convictions of the Cuban 5, and ordered a new trial, a new battle has begun for their supporters: winning their release from prison. This documentary also charts Cuba's 45-year struggle against terrorism.

ACN Interviews Journalist Bernie Dwyer on “The Day Diplomacy Died”

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zondag 12 september 2010

Extraordinary rendition (PBS Frontline)

United States: Extraordinary Rendition

“They pushed me down onto the floor of the van. There was blood everywhere, on my hands, my knees,” Egyptian cleric Abu Omar tells FRONTLINE/World reporter Stephen Grey about being snatched off the street by the CIA. “As we drove along, I started to choke. … It felt like I was dying. Then I disappeared from history.”

“Somebody came, removed the hood, removed the cuffs and left me in the shackles,” Bisher al-Rawi, a longtime British resident, says of his arrival at an infamous secret CIA “black site” in Afghanistan. “And that was the ‘Dark Prison.’… It was a very, very cold place. … You had some sort of odd voices, not music, playing on speakers. … You had people coming to check you were alive—not OK, but alive. … [For] the duration of the dark prison I had shackles on. I just took it as it came.”
These are among the voices of CIA “ghost prisoners” speaking for the first time on U.S. television as part of FRONTLINE/World’s Extraordinary Rendition, an international investigation by the award-winning journalist Stephen Grey of the United States government’s controversial, extralegal detention and interrogation program, airing Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Grey, the former head of investigations at The Sunday Times of London and the author of the acclaimed book Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Rendition and Torture Program (St. Martin’s, 2006), was one of the first journalists to uncover the secrets of the CIA rendition program. In recent weeks, President Bush has publicly defended CIA interrogation methods as legal, despite charges from within his own administration that CIA treatment of “ghost prisoners” was “abhorrent.”

Initially, as Grey and others discovered, key terror suspects were transferred by the CIA to countries like Egypt and Jordan, where many believe the United States was “outsourcing torture” to foreign intelligence services. The Bush administration claims it insisted that the countries who accepted the CIA’s rendered prisoners would not use torture. “You can say we asked them not to do it,” says Tyler Drumheller, the former head of CIA operations in Europe, about these assurances the prisoners would not be tortured. “But when you turn someone over to another country you can’t say to them, ‘This is how we expect you to treat them.’ … If you know that this is how this country has treated people in the past, you have to be honest that that is going to be a part of it.”

As the rendition program grew, and the White House drew up controversial legal authorization for secret detention and “enhanced interrogation techniques,” such as water boarding, the CIA began maintaining its own “black sites” for “high-value” terror suspects. One of these black sites, it was revealed this summer, was in Poland. Another was near an air strip in eastern Romania where the CIA began to interrogate prisoners themselves. “There wasn’t a bed, just a mattress and blanket and a bucket to urinate and defecate in,” says Mohammed Bashmillah, who was tracked down by Grey in Yemen a year after his release by the CIA without charge. “We were chained by our legs for a period of about a month after our arrival. When they called us for interrogation, they bound us by the hands and legs, and covered our heads.”

In September 2006, after a number of public disclosures and a key Supreme Court decision, President Bush was finally forced to acknowledge the existence of the secret rendition program. He announced the emptying of the CIA’s black sites and the transfer of high-value detainees to Guantanamo Bay, where they would face military tribunals. But Grey and others have shown that dozens of known detainees, including so-called high-value prisoners, remain unaccounted for.

Then in early 2007 Grey discovered more secret flights—this time in the Horn of Africa on planes chartered by the Kenyan government. Fatma Chande, the wife of a suspected member of Al Qaeda, tells Grey she was picked up by the Kenyans, she believes, on behalf of the Americans. “The police tried to force me to admit my husband was a member of Al Qaeda. I told them he was just a businessman. They kept banging on the table. They threatened to strangle me if I didn’t tell them the truth.”
The CIA says this wasn’t a U.S. operation, but Jack Cloonan, a veteran FBI officer with deep experience on terror cases before and after 9/11, told Grey: “It’s called plausible deniability. The agency and the bureau are not going to admit that they were witting of this at all, … but they probably were the power brokers behind the scenes pushing this forward. … This new era of going onto the African continent and outsourcing [interrogation], I think, is frankly new.”

Now, as the fate of many rendered men remains uncertain at Guantanamo Bay, and many others remain unaccounted for, President Bush has reportedly signed a new executive order. Its secret contents, many believe, have reauthorized the CIA to once again render terror suspects to black sites where “enhanced” interrogation techniques are applied.

“The program is back on,” Stephen Grey says. “The people in the CIA are pretty reluctant about it, but they’ve got their orders, and until America finds a way of actually bringing people to trial in a courtroom, people in the CIA have got very little alternative to holding them in these black sites secretly or rendering them to allies who will do their bidding.”

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Obsession - Radical islam's war against the west

Obsession is a film about the threat of Radical Islam to Western civilization. Using unique footage from Arab television, it reveals an 'insider's view' of the hatred the Radicals are teaching, their incitement of global jihad, and their goal of world domination. The film also traces the parallels between the Nazi movement of World War II, the Radicals of today, and the Western world's response to both threats. Featuring interviews with Daniel Pipes, Steve Emerson, Alan Dershowitz, a former PLO terrorist, and a former Hitler Youth Commander.


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No end in sight - Iraq's descent into chaos


Occupation: Dreamland (2005)


Taking on the Taliban (BBC Panorama)

Shadow Company (2006)

Baghdad Guns for Sale

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Dispatches - Pakistans Taliban generation

Award-winning Pakistani journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy investigates how the war on terror is creating a generation of child terrorists in her homeland - children prepared to kill both inside and outside Pakistan.

Sharmeen investigates how the Taliban are recruiting increasingly younger fighters to their campaign. She meets a 14-year-old boy in her home city of Karachi who is desperate to become a suicide bomber. She then follows the elite unit of the anti-terror police squad - who warn that the Taliban are hiding out in the city's sprawling slums and recruiting children from small madrassas in deprived neighbourhoods.

Sharmeen also interviews a Taliban commander responsible for child recruitment, who reveals that children as young as five are now being used by the Taliban.



Return of the Taliban

After the fall of the Taliban five years ago, some experts warned of a nightmare scenario in which the Taliban and Al Qaeda would escape from Afghanistan into neighboring Pakistan and set up new command centers far out of America's reach.

That nightmare scenario has now come true.

The Taliban controls large parts of the lawless tribal areas along the border. In a video obtained by Frontline, the Taliban demonstrate their brutal brand of justice. After executing 17 people, said to be thieves, in front of a crowd of hundreds, they hung the bodies on poles for three days. "We have killed these people and sent them to God," a Taliban gunman says to the camera. "God will bring them to justice."

Frontline reports from the lawless Pakistani tribal areas along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and reveals how the area has fallen under the control of a resurgent Taliban militia which uses the territory as a launching pad for its attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Little understood because it is off limits to most observers, Frontline investigates a secret front in the War on Terror.

"The United States is beginning to recognize that its project in Afghanistan will fail unless it addresses the sanctuary and support that the Taliban enjoys in Pakistan," says Steve Coll. "But the United States has not yet reached the point where it knows what kind of ... policy it is prepared to carry out."

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The Final Report - Osama's Escape


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Taliban 2 - The revival (2007)

The Hunt for Zarqawi (NGC)


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The angry years

Documentary about the 'Angry Brigade', an anarchist group who waged a terrorist bombing campaign in Britain in 1971.

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Translated from Danish to English by Google:

"The Angry Years" is a relatively new, relatively short (22 min.) Documentaries on British television on The Angry Brigade. Not very good, too superficial, with the usual judgmental conclusions, but enough to just want to know more. Do provide a brief overview of the case and is thus an okay approach to the 'real' film "The Angry Brigade".



The angry brigade - Documents and chronology (1967-1984)

Documents and the chronology of the angry brigade from 1967 to 1984.




The angry brigade

The Angry Brigade was a British libertarian communist militant group responsible for bomb attacks in Britain between 1970 and 1972. Strongly influenced by anarchism and the Situationists, their targets included banks, embassies. In total, 25 bombings were attributed to them by the police. The damage done by the bombings was mostly limited to property damage although one person was slightly injured. A group of anarchists from North East London, the ‘Stoke Newington Eight’ were prosecuted for carrying out bombings as the Angry Brigade in one of the longest criminal trials of English history (it lasted from 30 May to 6 December 1972). As a result of the trial, John Barker, Jim Greenfield, Hilary Creek and Anna Mendleson received prison sentences of 10 years. A number of other defendants were found not guilty, including Stuart Christie, who had previously been imprisoned in Spain for carrying explosives with the intent to assassinate the dictator Francisco Franco.




The power of nightmares (BBC - Adam Curtis)

This film explores the origins in the 1940s and 50s of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, and Neoconservatism in America, parallels between these movements, and their effect on the world today. From the introduction to Part 1:

"Both [the Islamists and Neoconservatives] 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, Baby It's Cold Outside.

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Part 3 - The Shadows in the Cave | 64kbps | 256 kbps | mpeg2

An NTSC DVD ISO is available to make burning this to DVD easier.

This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films

Producer: Adam Curtis
Production Company: BBC
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Adam Curtis

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The Power of Nightmares Part 2 - The Phantom Victory 965.1 MB 240.0 MB 246.1 MB
The Power of Nightmares Part 3 - The Shadows in the Cave 984.1 MB 244.0 MB 248.7 MB
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zaterdag 11 september 2010

Flight from death - The quest for immortality

Narrated by Gabriel Byrne (Usual Suspects, Vanity Fair, Miller's Crossing), this seven-time Best Documentary award-winning film (Silver Lake Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival) is the most comprehensive and mind-blowing investigation of humankind's relationship with death ever captured on film. Hailed by many viewers as a "life-transformational film," Flight from Death uncovers death anxiety as a possible root cause of many of our behaviors on a psychological, spiritual, and cultural level.

Following the work of the late cultural anthropologist, Ernest Becker, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Denial of Death, this documentary explores the ongoing research of a group of social psychologists that may forever change the way we look at ourselves and the world. Over the last twenty-five years, this team of researchers has conducted over 300 laboratory studies, which substantiate Becker's claim that death anxiety is a primary motivator of human behavior, specifically aggression and violence.

Flight from Death features an all-star cast of scholars, authors, philosophers, and researchers including Sam Keen, Robert Jay Lifton, Irvin Yalom, and Sheldon Solomon culminating in a film that is "not only thought-provoking but also entertaining and put together with a lot of class" (Eric Campos, Film Threat). Three years in the making and beautifully photographed in eight different countries, Flight from Death is "a stimulating, ultimately life-affirming film, filled with big ideas and revelatory footage" (Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times).


woensdag 1 september 2010

The Weather Underground (2002)

Sam Green
Bill Siegel


In the 1960s and 1970s, the polarization of the political situation of the USA was becoming acute with the Vietnam War abroad and civil rights at home being but the most obvious issues. For the youth political movement, the seemingly ineffectual methods of peaceful protest and resistance led to the rise of an idealistic faction that want a more extreme approach that the Establishment could not ignore. This faction, called the Weather Underground, attempted to team up with the Black Panthers to violently confront the US government that started with street riots and escalating to bombing government targets. Thorough archival footage and interviews of the veterans of both sides of this conflict, this film covers the resistance movement's campaign of selective violence through this period until changing times and disillusionment brought it to an end while the FBI used unethical and illegal methods to hasten it.

Underground (1976)

Directed by:
Emile de Antonio
Mary Lampson
Haskell Wexler


"It's the mid 1970s and the Weather Underground Organization (WUO), a radical (and violent) offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society, explains to leftist filmmakers the difficulties and experiences of being underground and wanted by the federal government."

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