Part 2 of Counter Intelligence concludes with constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald reminding us that the fact that the defining characteristic of the rule of law is that noone should be above it - so how did the idea of prosecuting government leaders for their wrongdoing come to be regarded as a radical one in modern day USA?
The hypocrisy of the Cold War is underlined, with national leaders simultaneously decrying the communist menace to the public whilst accepting their reasonableness in private. We focus particularly on Italy and Operation Gladio as part of a 'Strategy of Tension', noting that there is nothing new about the creation of a fictitious enemy as an excuse for expanding both military oppression overseas and for rolling back civil liberties at home. The sound track of a video from the ISGP video archive about the bombings of apartment blocks in Russia in the run up to the war in Chechnya underlines the fact that the use of fear to manipulate compliant citizens is by no means confined to Western Europe or to the 20th century...
"What we learn from Operation Gladio is that intelligence and covert action as carried out by states is clearly something which is routinely conducted under the radar and that it is often conducted in such a way that civilian administrations are not fully aware of what is going on. Quotes-" — Nafeez Ahmed
Since the film mentions the phrase 'conspiracy theory' as a label used by commercially-controlled media to short-circuit discussions would challenge the interests of its sponsors, we revisit Mark Crispin Miller's discussion of the topic from episode 561, in which he highlights a declassified CIA memo that explains why this term has become so widespread commercially-controlled media since the assassination of JFK.
Thanks to Olivier for a pointer to Counter Intelligence, and thanks to Metanoia Films for making it. The 9/99 video was taken from the ISGP video channel on YouTube
This episode rebroadcasts content from UG#23 and UG#561.