Here is the magnum opus: a two part series containing the most detailed presentation of the nature of the U.S. power structure ever seen on television. In addition to the material gathered by Alternative Views producer Frank Morrow, author of “The U.S. Power Structure and the Mass Media,” the program contains relevant portions of previous programs with the following people and films:
Dr. Noam Chomsky, outstanding radical intellectual and author
Dr. William Domhoff, author of many books on the power structure
Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney General
Ron Paul, former Congressman
Dr. Tom Ferguson, professor of govt. and co-author of “Right Turn”
Ronnie Dugger, author of biographies of LBJ and Reagan
Dr. Benjamin Spock, who ran for President on a third party ticket
Joan Harvey, documentary film maker of “America/from Hitler to MX”
Arthur Miller, playwright, seen in a documentary by Emile de Antonio
Dr. Al Slivinske, professor of economics
John Stockwell, ex-CIA officer and author of “In Search of Enemies”
Dr. Gary Kline, professor of government
Jackson Browne, singer/composer of “Lives in the Balance”
Richie Havens, singer, seen in Joan Harvey’s film “Voices in Dissent”
This first part looks at the ruling class institutions of power such as the Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderbergers and Trilateral Commission. We see how their personnel and policies dominate the US economic and political system, regardless of administration–Democrat or Republication.
In the concluding hour we provide the bases of elite control of the economic system through an interlocking network of stock ownership and shared directorates, especially by the ruling class banks and insurance companies. Next is an assessment of the distribution of wealth and income in the country. Then we analyze the place and function of the mass media in the power structure, finding that the elite media are part of the system of control. Control of elections is the next section, followed by a review of the book “Trading with the Enemy” and a section of “America/from Hitler to MX,” showing how during World War II the American ruling economic institutions were assisting the Axis powers while the US was fighting them. Finally, we conclude with a short section on what can be done to work toward real democracy in the US.
The tragic and shocking abuse of boy prostitutes is discussed by Dr. Tom Philpott and former Editor of _The Daily Texan_, Mark McKinnon, who has written articles on the subject. Philpott has found that these children are frequently physically abused, even tortured and killed. Many of the men who participate in this “practice” are among some of the most respected people at the top levels of the U.S. corporate and governmental structures. We discuss prominent cases of sexual abuse of boys and possible connections between child prostitution and the murder of black children in Atlanta. The program is enhanced by the use of segments of two 1979 documentaries _Boys for Sale_, produced for Channel 11 in Houston and Channel 13 in Atlanta.
Run time: 59:14
Recorded October, 1981
Copyright December, 1983 ???
Because this tragic, national scandal has largely been ignored by the mass media, our concluding segment focuses on the press coverage and on the handling of the situation by the law enforcement and judicial systems. The program looks closely at the boys themselves: their backrounds, how they got into “the life,” why they stay in it and how they feel about themselves. We also reveal the extent of the threats and violence toward the people who have been active in exposing the situation and bringing it to the attention of the public.
Run time: 58:18
Recorded October, 1981
Copyright October, 1981
Former reporter for the “Houston Chronicle,” Pete Brewton tells of one of the most momentous stories of the past 50 years and how it has been suppressed by the establishment media and the Congress. Pete’s book “The Mafia, CIA and George Bush,” shows the incredible complexity of the relationships in the operation of the destruction of hundreds of Savings and Loans at the hands of the CIA and the Mafia, stealing many billions of dollars in the process, and leaving the taxpayers to bailout the banks. Big names at the state and national levels of power are involved, including Lloyd Bentsen, the Bush family, and power brokers in Houston. People such as Kenneth Keating and Don Dixon, who are mentioned prominently in the press in connection with the S & L debacle, were merely front men or “cutouts” for the main movers. Keating and his ilk only took millions; the CIA and the Mafia looted billions.4
Recorded November 21, 1992
Copyright December, 1992