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The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear 

A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

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Gilles Kepel ...
 Himself - Historian of Islamist Movement 3 episodes, 2004
Melvin Goodman ...
 Himself - Head of Office of Soviet Affairs CIA 1976-87 2 episodes, 2004
Stephen Holmes ...
 Himself - Political Philosopher 2 episodes, 2004
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Michael Ledeen ...
 Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Richard Perle ...
 Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Azzam Tamimi ...
 Himself - Institute of Islamic Political Thought 2 episodes, 2004
Fouad Allam ...
 Himself - Interrogator Interior Ministry 1958-87 1 episode, 2004
Abdullah Anas ...
 Himself - General Commander Afghan Arabs - Northern Afghanistan 1984-89 1 episode, 2004
Omar Azzam ...
 Himself - Cousin of Ayman Zawahiri 1 episode, 2004
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 Himself - CIA Field Officer - Afghanistan 1985-89 1 episode, 2004
Robert Bork ...
 Himself - Senior Member Federalist Society 1 episode, 2004
David Brock ...
Jason Burke ...
 Himself - Author 'Al Qaeda' 1 episode, 2004
Anne Cahn ...
 Herself - Arms Control and Disarmament Agency 1977-80 1 episode, 2004
John Calvert ...
 Himself - Islamist Historian 1 episode, 2004
Vincent Cannistraro ...
 Himself - Head of Counter-terrorism CIA 1988-90 1 episode, 2004
David Cole ...
 Himself - Professor of Law - Georgetown University 1 episode, 2004
Joe Conason ...
 Himself - Author 'The Hunting of the President' 1 episode, 2004
Bill Durodie ...
 Himself - Director International Centre for Security Analysis - Kings College 1 episode, 2004
Essam El Erian ...
 Himself - Senior Member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt 1 episode, 2004
Roxanne Euben ...
 Herself - Political Scientist 1 episode, 2004
...
 Himself - General Secretary Soviet Communist Party 1 episode, 2004
Kamal Habib ...
 Himself - Founder Member of Islamic Jihad 1 episode, 2004
Ron Hansen ...
 Himself - Reporter - The Detroit News 1 episode, 2004
Ali Haroun ...
 Himself - Algerian Minister for Human Rights 1991-92 1 episode, 2004
...
 Himself - Intelligence Specialist - New York Times 1 episode, 2004
Lewis Z. Koch ...
 Himself - Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 1 episode, 2004
Irving Kristol ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2004
Michael Lind ...
Harvey Mansfield ...
 Himself - Straussian Philosopher - Harvard University 1 episode, 2004
John Molloy ...
 Himself - Defence Lawyer Lackawanna Trial 1 episode, 2004
Richard Pipes ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2004
John Prados ...
 Himself - National Security Archive - Washington 1 episode, 2004
Theodore Rockwell ...
 Himself - Nuclear Scientist and Radiation Risk Expert 1 episode, 2004
Stanley Rosen ...
 Himself - Pupil of Leo Strauss 1949 1 episode, 2004
Sam Schmidt ...
 Himself - Defence Lawyer Embassy Bombings Trial 1 episode, 2004
William Swor ...
 Himself - Defence Lawyer Detroit Sleeper Cell Trial 1 episode, 2004
Paul Weyrich ...
 Himself - Religious Activist - Republican Party 1 episode, 2004
Jack Wheeler ...
 Himself - Adviser to the Reagan White House 1981-84 1 episode, 2004
Paul Wolfowitz ...
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A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

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Narrator: 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 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 ...
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Spellbinding
1 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

A wonderful piece of television. Thoughtful, focused and not afraid to lay bare a few truths with a well executed calm authority. It is such a shame that the pathetic US media is too scared to show such an informative and surprisingly informal piece of work. The government must have no way of fighting back against such candid and well researched material. I can not recommend this series enough for all Americans and fear not, even through it consists of considerably dark material there is a surprisingly optimistic ending and prediction of the future. Hopefully mankind still has enough decency and common value to stop dictators and unjust leaders from destroying the common good.


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