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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
...  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
...  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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30 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Where did Osama Bin Laden come from, and why does he hate the American way of life? Why do the American neo-conservatists want the public to believe in a world wide conspiracy of evil, operating from vast underground complexes that look like a James Bond film set? In a world that has just witnessed the worst natural disaster in known history, why are our nightmares filled with images of bearded men and dirty bombs? This three-part documentary gives the answers. In a cool, factual manner, it goes back to the historic roots of both sides in this lukewarm war, and shows us how eerily similar they are. That is what is really scary about the war on terrorism. This series is essential viewing for everyone who wants to understand the most important conflict of our time. Which should include you.


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