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The Power of Nightmares (2005)

Produced by the BBC in 2005, this short documentary series dares to question the Terrorism narrative. It probably does not go far enough, and elides many issues that demand to be interrogated – for example, the extent to which militant Islam was created and is manipulated to provide a ‘Goldstein’ enemy for the perpetual war agenda. But it’s still very much worth viewing, and it stands as a salutary lesson on how far things have changed in ten years. Can anyone imagine the BBC commissioning or being allowed to broadcast a programme like this now?




… Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares. They say that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism… A threat that needs to be fought by a war on terror. But much of this threat is a fantasy, which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It’s a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media….”


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