The documentary Power of Nightmares (BBC) and
Unconstitutional Expose Terror Manipulations
Two documentaries, BBC’s Power of Nightmares and Robert Greenwald’s Unconstitutional, and my own personal experience as a presidential interpreter all expose blatant manipulations in the war on terror. Power of Nightmares and Unconstitutional are briefly described and both available online for free viewing at links provided below. My own revealing personal experiences working as a language interpreter in secret meetings with Presidents Bush, Clinton, and other top officials are also described below. Links to articles in the mainstream media reporting on my whistleblowing testimony are provided. Empowering suggestions also tell how you can help to strengthen democracy and build a brighter future for us all.
The Power of Nightmares
This highly revealing BBC documentary digs deep into the roots of the war on terror, only to find that much of the widespread fear in the post-9/11 world has been fabricated by those in power for their own interests. The intrepid BBC team presents highly informative interviews with experts and top officials in combating terrorism who raise serious questions about who is behind all of the fear-mongering. These experts and riveting footage also show how the media have been manipulated to support secret power agendas.
This eye-opening documentary shows that, especially after 9/11, fear has been used widely in the media to manipulate the public into giving up civil liberties and turning over power to elite groups with their own hidden agendas. The Power of Nightmares clearly demonstrates that the nightmare vision of a powerful, united terrorist organization waiting to strike our societies is largely an illusion. Wherever the BBC team looked for al-Qaeda, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the sleeper cells in America, they found that we are chasing a phantom enemy. For all citizens who care about the future of our world, this is a must-watch video.
Click here to watch and read reviews of Power of Nightmares on archive.org.
For a downloaded copy of an excellent review of Power of Nightmares in the Los Angeles Times, click here.
For transcripts, audio and video downloads, and other excellent information on the series, click here.
To order all three parts of Power of Nightmares on one DVD, click here.
Century of the Self
Another excellent, highly revealing BBC/Adam Curtis documentary, Century of the Self, delves into the history of mass propaganda and its power to shape public perception. Click here to purchase.
Click here to watch it free or watch the Trailer in the Playlist on this page.
Unconstitutional by Robert Greenwald
The most excellent video documentary Unconstitutional (See Playlist on this page!!): The War on Our Civil Liberties clearly depicts the rapid erosion and loss of civil liberties and civil rights in the U.S. since 9/11.
In this most excellent documentary (See Playlist on this page!), interviews with ranking members of Congress, top legal experts, and even a former CIA chief describe many insidious efforts to take away freedoms guaranteed under the constitution for over 200 years.
Compelling video footage shows US citizens, from law-abiding store clerks to a US Olympian, who have been the victims of unconstitutional policies established under the Patriot Act. Members of Congress describe the replacement of the previously agreed upon Patriot Act by another version quietly slipped into its place just hours before the final vote in Congress, leaving no one time to read the many devastating changes inserted at the last minute. Call your friends together to watch this engaging film, and to join in the growing movement to uphold democracy and the U.S. Constitution.
Personal Experience of Presidential Interpreter Fred Burks
In my own experience as an interpreter for US and foreign presidents, I have personally witnessed some of the manipulations mentioned in the Power of Nightmares and Unconstitutional. Having worked as an Indonesian interpreter with the US Department of State for over 18 years, in January 2005 I testified to this in the widely publicized trial of Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir. Among other things, Mr. Ba’asyir was accused by US authorities of being the mastermind behind JI (Jemaah Islamiah), which is alleged to be a sister organization of Al Qaeda. Many Indonesians were quite skeptical of these allegations. Like me and the BBC video, they questioned whether JI was largely fabricated by powerful elite groups with hidden agendas.
At the trial, I testified about a Sept. 2002 secret meeting at which I interpreted for President of Indonesia Megawati Soekarnoputri, US Ambassador Ralph Boyce, National Security Council representative Karen Brooks, and a special assistant sent personally by President Bush (who revealed privately to me that she was a CIA agent). The “special assistant” pressured President Megawati to secretly capture and turn over (a.k.a. render) Ba’asyir to the United States. Yet US authorities have continually denied ever putting any pressure on Jakarta to act against Ba’asyir. To read articles about my recent testimony in the Boston Globe and BBC, and to read some of what I’ve written on this and more, see below.
BBC article on my court testimony
Boston Globe on same
http://www.WantToKnow.info/050226fredburkswsj – Wall Street Journal on my testimony and lots more
My description of the secret meeting, written in 2002
Stories from my experiences interpreting
My resignation from State Dept. due to excessive secrecy
For the many miracles resulting from my testimony
Over a year before this secret meeting, a trusted friend gave me some powerful, disturbing information which opened my eyes to large-scale manipulations of which I had previously been completely unaware. This information involved the public testimony of over 20 government and military witnesses whose credentials could not be questioned. The information revealed in their testimony clearly did not benefit them personally. In fact, it threatened their careers. Yet though these brave individuals testified in public with large numbers of reporters present, major news sources in the US gave little significant coverage to this major occurrence. The media was clearly complicit in downplaying this disturbing information.
Since my eyes were opened in 2001, I have dedicated myself to uncovering all that is going on behind the scenes. I discovered and became deeply involved with a loosely organized international network of researchers who have committed themselves to researching major cover-ups of which very few are aware, and to spreading the word, so that we might all work together to return to a full, open democracy which supports all people in our good world. In early 2003, I established the website WantToKnow.info in order to make the results of this research available to the public. On this website, you will find concise summaries of reliable facts and information on a number of major cover-ups. All information is verifiable using the sources provided.
To understand why all of this disturbing information isn’t getting extensive media coverage, I invite you to spend some time exploring the powerful, reliable information available at http:/www.WantToKnow.nl or http:/www.WantToKnow.info. Take a look at our pages, and our carefully compiled articles. To learn more about the dedicated international team of researchers involved with WantToKnow.info, see http://www.WantToKnow.info/aboutus.
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With gratitude and very best wishes,
Fred Burks for the WantToKnow.info Team.