In the conclusion of part 2, we hear from more CIA whistleblowers who note the CIA is much more akin to a terrorist force than the information gathering agency mandated by US law. How does this simple but important fact escape the attention of so many US citizens? We hear this week about CIA 'assets' in the US commercially controlled media able to effectively dictate the news agenda and enforce censorship of unwanted topics or frames.
Part 3, Apocalypse, looks at how close the world came to nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis and in the subsequent arms race. We hear that there was a body of top military officials which was in favor of all out nuclear aggression against USSR, and of some of the near misses - occasions on which due to false alarms or other protocol failure, the firing of nuclear weapons was prevented only by the stubborn refusal of single individuals. The film challenges the idea that increased military spending on the arms race hasten the demise of the Soviet Union, arguing instead that by favoring Soviet hard liners it probably hindered and delayed reform.
The film's postscript notes that for a tiny fraction of what the US spends on weapons, all humans on the planet could be provided with food, water, shelter and other basic amenities. How long will humanity suffer under the curse of militarism? Can we free ourselves from the threat of thermonuclear annihilation?
Thanks to Scott Noble for such an effective film.