29 May 2008

Five Days

I have finished watching parts 1-3 of this BBC/HBO re-enactment/fiction/blur of a fantastically complicated story.

I am awaiting the next disc, but this was engrossing and smart.

are a few interviews and more information, if you're interested.

The Murder of Fred Hampton

This really could have been a 20-minute documentary, with some narration and relevant data. Instead it's really pointless pieces of a puzzle that don't add up to much.

This is an important documentary, but a poorly constructed one.

Frontline: the Dark Side

Here's a link to the PBS special.

The description
After 9/11, Vice President Richard Cheney seized the initiative. He pushed to expand executive power, transform America's intelligence agencies and bring the war on terror to Iraq. But first he had to take on George Tenet's CIA for control over intelligence.
is not accurate.

While Rumsfeld and Cheney (aka Vader and the Emperor) had a hand in all this, the special seems to show how the Head of the CIA (at the time George Tenet) lynched himself by wanting to be "in the game" instead of running the CIA. It could take decades to undo the damage he wrought on the system.

These charts show how Rumsfeld (and friends) have been behind the scenes for decades. Interesting stuff. Factual, without being editorialized (like modern conspiracy documentaries). Worth a watch.