Friday, February 23, 2007

CIA: Dictatorial Abuse

Political Cortex: Brain Food for the Body Politic:

A Study of CIA Dictatorial Abuse

By Bill Hare


One night last week, when I felt like watching a movie, I opted for a film I had not seen for quite some time starring two performers I genuinely admire, Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway. I was interested in the theme of CIA intrigue what with so much focus on that concern today in a violent world where that agency has left so many hand and footprints.

The spy adventure film 'Three Days of the Condor' was released in 1975. The movie was made during the Watergate period about the time that Richard M. Nixon became the first American president to resign his office.

This was a turbulent period of uncertainty when the American government and the commercial sector were in a panic over our access to oil. President Gerald Ford, mindful of the power of the Oil Producing Export Countries, announced that in the future we might take oil by force if it should be denied to America.

The Watergate Scandal ultimately undid Nixon. That story was also brilliantly depicted by Hollywood with 'All the President's Men.' That film also starred Redford with fellow progressive Dustin Hoffman.

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