The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis

The Secret Government: The Constitution in CrisisSecrecy is the freedom that zealots dream of; no watchman to check the door, no accountant to check the books, no judge to check the law. The secret government has no constitution. The rules it follows are the rules it makes up. This is the full length 90 min. version of Bill Moyer's 1987 scathing critique of the criminal subterfuge carried out by the Executive Branch of the United States Government to carry out operations which are clearly contrary to the wishes and values of the American people. The ability to exercise this power with impunity is facilitated by the National Security Act of 1947. The thrust of the exposé is the Iran-Contra arms and drug-running operations which flooded the streets of our nation with crack cocaine.

The significance of the documentary is probably greater today in 2007 than it was when it was made. We now have a situation in which these same forces have committed the most egregious terrorist attack on US soil and have declared a fraudulent so-called "War on Terror". The ruling regime in the US who have conducted the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, are now banging the war drum against Iran. We have the PATRIOT act which has stripped us of many of our basic civil rights justified by the terror of 9/11 which is their own doing.

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  1. Dean Edgington

    This feature is brought to you in inglorious 1-D. Please don your tin foil hats and take your seats...

  2. Guest

    Very complete doc. No omissions or almost.
    I had in mind for a long time: -What the heck any WTC victim has done to deserve that"...
    Now, I know.
    If a bully that abused/harassed me (And/Or) any of my friends, gets seriously wounded in a street fight or rubbery, do you think I'd have any compassion for that bully or bully's gang?

    Lets add all the persons who got tortured by Irianian Shah, by the US installed Chilian totalitarian NAZI emule, the Guatemalan one, the Panama drug partner with the CIA, the Nicarguan USA Colonel North drug partners and so on, included the Secord's NAZI emules in Vietnam; How many sacrificed human beings does that sums up to within these last 50 years?
    Maybe about 50,000 times the number of victims in 911?

    Since somebody voted and still is voting these psychotic maniacs in USA, could it be that pleague became a genetic desease within the USA?
    It really looks as a mutation, the homosapien goes back to a beast.

    Hopeless, Real hopeless saga.
    There will be others.
    Once the beast has tasted blood...

  3. Pyrrhus

    "Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power."
    ~ Benito Mussolini

  4. LaurenD

    Where were you so called "freedom loving" conservatives/libertarians when Bush interned people without trial in Guantanamo, or when all phone traffic was being hijacked in San Francisco, etc. etc.

    It's like this new found demand that the deficit be dealt with -- where were conservatives when first Reagan, then later Bush, was burying us in debt?

    Oh yeah, they didn't worry then because it was THEIR agenda driving the violations of civil rights, and THEIR agenda justifying the deficit spending (the two wars we still fight, because of neo-con Bush decisions, have cost us plenty, but no price too high for that, right?).

    But you get a progressive president and suddenly those same violations, that same debt, now threaten our very way of life.... sigh.

    Oh, and Obama's a "MARXIST"? PLEASE! Try reading Marx instead of burning it, if you're gonna throw the name around.

    By these standards, Denmark and Sweden would be considered Stalinist Gulags simply for offering universal health care. As an aside, for those who want to 'dis' the scandi-socialist programs; ask yourself why those nations provide the highest standard of living in the world (don't believe me, look it up). They prosper AND take care of the needy, without becoming a police-state. But Obamacare signals the end of civilization as you know it.

    Ok, I'm rambling, but then that's not unusual here from what I can tell. So back to the point; When did the end times begin? Was it when the deficit skyrocketed and civil rights were traded for security (under Bush), or was it when a progressive (black?) president became the name you could blame for those violations and that deficit?

  5. Phil Atio

    Ya constitution stopped applying to president's when jfk was trying to kill castro and fdr bombed pearl harbor

    1. Tim Caffery

      Just a foot note, of sorts. George Washington led more US troops against white whiskey producers than he led against the British in The War. How many US citizens were killed by his troops is eternally lost in official records. But it was so bad, it resulted in Posse Comitatus. Try and consider all the worker strike, Pre-union, in which POTUS sent troops specifically to open fire & put them down, literally. Think of the POTUSs that sent women leaders of the sufferage movement (1830-1920.. to 2013 really) to male prisons or had them lobotomized. And the age of consent in the US, sex, was 5 up till the end of the 1800s. Women dies to get that changed, to 10!

  6. Greg H

    Moyers is a cherry-picking leftist who manipulates "facts" to the will of his Socio-Marxist agenda.

  7. R Williams

    Where are you now, Mr. Moyer ... when the executive branch is participating in the same activities that you mention in your documentary, but now at exponential levels? I guess you don't mind subversion of the Constitution as long as it's the "right people" doing it.

  8. Reb

    In all truth, the Constitution does not apply to the people any longer. The Constitution for the United States of America became THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES and what a difference this constitution made. The capital letters signify something belonging to a corporation and in 1871 these United States went from being a country to that of a corporation. Check out Acts of the Forty First Congress, Section 34, Session III, chapters 61,62. This act provided the District of Columbia the right to provide themselves with a separate government just for them. This Act formed the corporation known as THE UNITED STATES(owned by foreign interest), again in corporate all cap lettering. They changed 'for' in the original to 'of' for the new corporation so the new title gives the constitutional rights to this corporation and not the people. This explains why our Washington thugs no longer fear the people of the constitution for we no longer exist and most people are clueless of this fact. Check it out.

  9. Devin W

    basically every president since FDR has been evil and corrupt. unconstitutional actions, espionage and subversive techniques really picked up with LBJ Nixon Reagan and Bush. Obama has been raised by the banking elite. good doc shows a good bit of inside testimony to some of governments secret wars.