Secret Government – The Constitution In Crisis (1987)

Bill Moyer’s 1987 scathing critique of the criminal subterfuge carried out by the Executive Branch of the United States Government, known as the Iran-Contra operation, remans just a relevant today as it was in 1987. The same reckless and heedless forces.

NOTE: the sound goes out briefly at the beginning of the video but resumes at 3:20


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Jan 28, 2017 11:27 PM

Is it just me, or does anyone else notice that when someone makes a comment or statement in the forms of, “The Americans did such and such” or’ the Russians did so and so” and” this group or that nation or that religion did this” or” that, nominal group mentality did blah- blah- blah”….The intent, the implication, and the acceptance by the reader is that the commentator is not implicating the citizenry or the rank and file of the said nations or religions; but is drawing attention to the State executive and the exponents of the nominal groupings? And is it just me or does anyone else notice that this acceptance always seems to be excluded and ultimately vetoed in the case of one group identity. Even by the stated, unaligned publishments?… almost as if it is now a physics’ absolute or a force of nature..a subliminal or intentional judgement as blasphemy that negates all the acceptances of other narratives? I think I know now what my old Granny was saying when she said, “If you want to know where your master lies, find what can’t be criticised :

Jan 25, 2017 4:30 AM

You’re probably old enough to know..That Mothers Day slowly goes to show..How dominion created democracy.. To appease a dear-old sensibility.. That darling is not..Just a son of a bitch:

Jan 24, 2017 11:52 PM

Powerful documentary – Bill Moyers spoke truth to power in a way that it is hard to imagine any cosseted obsequious contemporary journalist doing – they speak half-truths FOR power.
So it is with the greatest respect that I say, that in the light of subsequent information, as scathing as this documentary was/is – it represents a limited hangout of the Iran Contra affair.
Moyers touched on the drugs (“Who are the Boys,” “The CIA”) but North’s diaries didn’t get published until ’90. Amongst numerous other references, North wrote on January 14, 1985 that “$14 million to finance (the Contras) came from drugs.” There’s the whole story of Mena, Arkansas; Barry Seal; CIA; DEA that the Kerry Sub-committee did its best to pin on North and the ‘Enterprise’ whilst covering up any involvement by top level Government employees. The fact that William Jefferson Clinton was the then Governor of Arkansas (and had a “nose like a hoover”) is in no way related to the fact that this story is suppressed to this day.
The part most cogent to the current situation (subversion of the rule of law; erosion of the Constitution and compromisation of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of Government) – the significance of which passed most people (including Moyers) by at the time – was during the hearings when Congressman Brooks asked North about his role in the Continuity of Government (COG) planning (not shown.) North, Chairman Inouye, North’s Counsel Sullivan partially soiled themselves in response – Cheney probably did crap himself. Not something they wanted to look into then, or now.
All I can add to Professor Scott’s expert analysis is that it seems to me that rather than being kept in the dark as he claimed, George H W Bush was more than likely running Iran Contra and the ‘Doomsday Project’ (as COG came to be known) through the top secret National Program Office – where North was his action officer. Add to that (also according to Prof. Scott) that Cheney and Rumsfeld were embedded in COG planning from the late ’70s. That just leaves me to speculate that if your aim was to suspend the constitution and instigate an endless war – how useful would your own ultra-secret network; with its own untraceable communications system (codename Flashboard) and its own black budget be?
I wonder, with a cabal of evil minds, what you could ‘achieve’ with 20 years of unaccountable extra-judicial planning?

Jan 25, 2017 12:43 AM
Reply to  BigB

I don’t want to bore on – but here is the (archived) article by Alfonso Chardy that Brooks references in the clip below. It talks of a National Crisis Plan – which is better known and was enacted as REX 84. I can’t be sure how far they were planning to go back then, but they certainly laid the extralegal architecture for a militarized police state and were in an advanced state of readiness to implement it. All they needed was the declaration of a National Emergency to suspend the Constitution. In the light of 9/11, I don’t find it too hard to believe that underlying Iran Contra was an aborted coup d’etat by Bush Sr.

Jan 24, 2017 7:05 PM

In fact the “Deep State” is very active especially in times of transition. Like they put the “Bay of Pigs” egg into Kennedy´s basket, they put something into Trump´s too! Most probably they´ve hit again:
#Iran: „#Teheran #PlascoBuilding #Collapse: was this to be Demonstrated?“: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/teheran-plasco-building-collapse-was-this-to-be-demonstrated-teheraner-hochhauseinsturz-sollte-dies-demonstriert-werden/

Jan 24, 2017 2:35 PM
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Jan 24, 2017 7:57 AM

This is a testimonial of the pathway right up to our present world situation. If anything , the Dark State is even more insidious due to the advances in eavesdropping via computer and communication technology. Along with a fragmented Congress and oligarch’s unlimited money ,if anything our country is not even a real democracy anymore.

Jan 24, 2017 11:12 AM

Not that it ever was.