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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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Series cast summary:
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)
...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
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)
...
 Himself - CIA Field Officer - Afghanistan 1985-89 (1 episode, 2004)
Robert Bork ...
 Himself - Senior Member Federalist Society (1 episode, 2004)
David Brock ...
 Himself (1 episode, 2004)
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)
David Cay Johnston ...
 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 ...
 Himself - Journalist and Former Neoconservative (1 episode, 2004)
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 ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2004)
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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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Written by Brian Eno
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This documentary offers a remarkable insight into the reality of our current fear induced climate.
4 November 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This documentary offers a remarkable insight into the reality of our current fear induced climate. Adam Curtis chronicles the rise of neo-conservatism and the resulting change in the world's political agenda orchestrated by those who place their trust in the philosophical ideal of the necessity of evil to unite a country. The filmmaker manages to successfully pluck apart the myth of the reality of there being a logistically organized terror network, let alone one that is managing to orchestrate terror attacks from a cave in the remote mountains of Afghanistan. His arguments are backed up by some eye opening interviews with authorities on the field of Islamic fundamentalism, members of the US government and members of the US judicial system. These insights are parred with concrete, startling facts and the result is a program that manages to shake us awake making us aware of a far more realistic terror threat namely that of psychological warfare carried out by the powers that be, accompanied by a sensationalist media frenzy. I cannot recommend this program highly enough.


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