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Trump: Is the President a Sex Pest? — Panorama, BBC
9 July 2018
Donald Trump has been accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour by more than 20 women, but he has dismissed them all as liars. Now one of those women is suing him for defamation. An American court will have to decide what really happened and whether the President of the United States is a sexual predator. So what is the truth about Donald Trump's behaviour towards women? In the week of his visit to Britain, reporter Richard Bilton investigates new allegations about Mr Trump and meets the women who say the president is a sex pest.
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House of Saud: A Family at War — BBC
9 January 2018
Three-part documentary series looking at the challenges facing the new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, 32-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, who has pledged to transform the country.
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Britain's Offshore Secrets Exposed — Panorama, BBC
6 November 2017
Richard Bilton explores the secrets of Britain's offshore empire.
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Offshore Secrets of the Rich Exposed — Panorama, BBC
5 November 2017
A special edition investigating a huge new leak of data that reveals how the wealthy and powerful invest offshore.
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The System is Rigged — Novara Media
10 May 2017
Today we found out — after 14 police force inquiries — that no Conservative MPs will face prosecution over election expenses. That confirms something we already knew: that from Britain’s media, to its economy and politics — the system is rigged.
Cornel West on Donald Trump: This is What Neo-Fascism Looks Like — Democracy Now
1 December 2016
Donald Trump has announced a handful of new Cabinet picks with deep ties to Wall Street. He named Steven Mnuchin to be treasury secretary — a former executive for Goldman Sachs. Mnuchin’s hedge fund also played a role in the housing crisis, after it scooped up the failing California bank IndyMac in 2008. Trump has also picked billionaire private equity investor Wilbur Ross to be commerce secretary. Ross specializes in flipping bankrupt companies for profit. He and his companies have sometimes engaged in the very practices Trump rails against: shipping jobs and factories overseas. For more on these picks, we speak with Cornel West, professor emeritus at Princeton University.
The Secret World of the US Election: Julian Assange talks to John Pilger — Dartmouth Films
5 November 2016
Whistleblower Julian Assange has given one of his most incendiary interviews ever in a John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films, in which he summarizes what can be gleaned from the tens of thousands of Clinton emails released by WikiLeaks this year.
rEVILution: Rise of the Christofascists — Reich-Wing Watch
21 June 2016
This documentary examines the roll Christianity plays in American right-wing politics and the radicalizing affect it has had. Republicans often say that a handful of radicals represent the entire Muslim community. Should Christians be held to the same standard?
Peasants for Plutocracy: How the Billionaires Brainwashed America — Reich-Wing Watch
19 May 2016
This documentary explores the influence billionaires have had through massive public relations campaigns, fake “grass roots” movements like the Tea Party, and funding of right-libertarian organizations like FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity. Featuring: Noam Chomsky, Ron Paul, Charles and David Koch, Thom Hartmann, Mark Ames, Mark Crispin Miller, Murray Rothbard, Ayn Rand, Rand Paul.
Hillary Clinton: Republican For President — Reich-Wing Watch
2 May 2016
This film documents Hillary Rodham Clinton's career of right-wing politics, corruption, political posturing, and opportunism. Featuring: Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Charles Koch, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Mike Gravel, Noam Chomsky, Christopher Hitches, Chris Hedges, Scott Ritter, Dennis Kucinich, Ralph Nader, Keith Olbermann, and Chris Matthews.
The Right Club — Peter Nicholson, Rare Day
2 May 2016
The story of how a group of British fascist aristocrats plotted to bring down the government and forge an alliance with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. The Right Club was formed by MP Archibald Ramsay in 1939 and consisted of powerful, aristocratic and influential people united by their extreme right-wing views and anti-semitism.
The True Face of Libertarianism Exposed — The Big Picture, RT
29 March 2016
Thom Hartmann discusses the history of American libertarianism with Mark Ames, revealing its true purpose as propaganda for the billionaire ruling class.
rEVILution: Rise of the Libert-Aryans — Reich-Wing Watch
29 March 2016
This documentary examines the collaboration between fascism and corporations in Italy, Germany, Spain and the US. Features Michael Parenti, Christopher Hitchens, Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges.
The Plot To Overthrow FDR (1997) — Weller/Grossman Productions
29 March 2016
A cabal of financiers and industrialists, alarmed by FDR's economic policies in the Depression, plotted to create a fascist state. Their choice of retired Marine General Smedley Butler to lead an army of disgruntled WWI vets proved their undoing. When Smedley learned details of the conspiracy, he reported the lot to Congress.
Soap Box: Republic — Daily Politics, BBC
9 September 2015
Republic CEO Graham Smith sets out why the monarchy is wrong for Britain and why it's time for change.
Churchill: When Britain Said No — BBC
25 May 2015
Just weeks after VE day, Winston Churchill found himself in another battle — to be elected prime minister. He was confident of victory, but what happened next many still can't understand. In one of the greatest election defeats of all time, Churchill was humiliated at the polls, his Conservative party almost annihilated. Why did his countrymen turn so vehemently on their great British bulldog? Was the rejection of Churchill a disgraceful mark of ingratitude or the most mature electoral decision ever made by a democracy? With surprising revelations from first-hand witnesses, as well as historians, this programme looks at his controversial legacy, and debates the weaknesses as well as the strengths of the man.
The Bank of Tax Cheats — Panorama, BBC
31 March 2015
Panorama reveals how Britain's biggest bank helped some of its wealthiest customers dodge tax. HSBC knew clients were breaking the law — so why didn't the bank report them and why haven't the tax evaders been prosecuted? Reporter Richard Bilton tracks down the tax cheats with secrets to hide, and the man who was in charge of the bank.
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Britain's ‘Establishment’: a fading force? — Owen Jones, Channel 4 News
3 September 2014
The term “Establishment” describes the network of official and social relations within which power is exercised. Owen Jones asks if something that reflects huge social inequalities can continue.
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Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition — Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films
26 May 2014
Billionaires David and Charles Koch have been handed the ability to buy our democracy in the form of giant checks to the House, Senate, and soon, possibly even the Presidency. The last time we exposed the Koch Brothers' dealings to the world we here at Brave New Films wound up in their crosshairs. They produced online ad campaigns attacking us, but, it takes more than a banner ad to slow us down. We've re-issued Koch Brothers Exposed in an updated version, Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition, to shine a light on them. We've delved even deeper into where their money is going, who their money is hurting, and how much they are making during this whole process leading up to the 2014 Elections.
Exclusive: ‘locked-up’ Saudi princesses' message for Obama — Channel 4 News
6 April 2014
“He should be ashamed to meet a leader that has four grown women locked up” — the message from two Saudi princesses to President Obama as he meets with their father, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. In an exclusive on-camera interview, Channel 4 News talks to Princesses Sahar and Jawaher, who say they have been held under effective house arrest, by their father, the king, for more than a decade.
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Obama to Visit Saudi Arabia, Key Source of Funding for Growing Jihadi Militarism in Middle East — Democracy Now
6 April 2014
Despite Saudi Arabia’s funding and arming of militants in Syria, Iraq and beyond, President Obama is set to visit the kingdom to meet with King Abdullah. It’s the only Middle Eastern or Gulf nation on Obama’s overseas itinerary. Many analysts say the conflict in Syria has grown into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Arabia’s links to jihadist groups go back decades. Fifteen of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudi. The 9/11 Commission Report identified Saudi Arabia as the main source of al-Qaeda financing. And in 2010, WikiLeaks published U.S. diplomatic cables which identified Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups.
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Grant Shapps: No investigation — Michael Crick, Channel 4 News
10 November 2013
The Met Police has decided not to open a criminal investigation into the family firm of Conservative Party chairman, Grant “Shady” Shapps. Michael Crick asks Mr Shapps several questions...
Royal Babylon: The Criminal Record of the British Monarchy (2012) — Alan & Margaret Cox
9 November 2013
The filmmaker collective at Handsome Dog have mixed the best of British Rock, Punk, Pop and Electronic music with stills and archive footage to create a multimedia exhibition of short films (every one a crime), based on Heathcote Williams's investigative poem about the darker side of the British Royal Family.
The Prince and His Secret Properties — Dispatches, Channel 4
2 July 2013
In 2012 Prince Charles earned more than £18 million from the Duchy of Cornwall, but how much do we know about this secretive estate? This investigation reveals the scale of its hugely profitable property empire and looks at the amount of tax Prince Charles is paying. These Dispatches findings come as Parliament's Public Accounts Committee prepares to launch its own inquiry into why, unlike other commercial businesses, the duchy does not pay corporation tax or capital gains tax.
The British Monarchy Explained — Gary Dumbill
8 June 2013
Think you live in a democracy? Think again...
Playhouse Presents... The Man — Sandi Toksvig, Sprout Pictures
1 March 2013
Sandi Toksvig's chilling look at how an unelected few decide the fate of the masses.
MPs: Are They Still At It? — Dispatches, Channel 4
20 November 2012
Two years after the MPs expenses scandal, Dispatches examines whether our parliamentarians are still abusing the system. The investigation discovers a system still with problems and a lack of transparency, while unearthing evidence that some MPs are still cashing in.
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Who Rules America? — Danny Schechter, Globalvision
3 November 2012
This five-part documentary provides a comprehensive look at the so-called democratic governing system of the United States of America and reveals the actual powers who are ruling the nation.
you've been trumped (2011) — Anthony Baxter
29 October 2012
In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.
The Fall of Conrad Black — Money Programme, BBC
29 October 2012
Jeff Randall, who's followed the career of the former owner of the Daily Telegraph for 20 years and even worked for him, uncovers an extraordinary story of ambition and downfall.
Britain and the Kings of Arabia — Press TV
25 July 2012
Britain's support of the authoritarian regimes of the Arab Peninsula is deeply rooted in their vast economic and military interests through often corrupt partnership between the royal families.
Koch Brothers Exposed (2012) — Robert Greenwald
2 July 2012
Hard-hitting investigation of the 1% at its very worst. This full-length documentary film on Charles and David Koch — two of the world's richest and most powerful men — is the latest from acclaimed director Robert Greenwald. The billionaire brothers bankroll a vast network of organizations that work to undermine the interests of the 99% on issues ranging from Social Security to the environment to civil rights. This film uncovers the Koch's corruption — and points the way to how Americans can reclaim their democracy.
Lifting the Veil: Barack Obama and the failure of Capitalist “Democracy” — Metanoia Films
2 June 2012
“Lifting the Veil is the long overdue film that powerfully, definitively, and finally exposes the deadly 21st century hypocrisy of US internal and external policies, even as it imbues the viewer with a sense of urgency and an actualized hope to bring about real systematic change while there is yet time for humanity and this planet. See this film!” — Larry Pinkney.
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Adam Tomkins on the flaws of Britain's constitutional monarchy — Republic
20 March 2012
British legal scholar Professor Adam Tomkins discusses the country's constitutional monarchy. Tomkins is a supporter of Republic — an organisation campaigning for a democratic alternative to the monarchy.
The Money Farmers — Panorama, BBC
8 March 2012
Samantha Poling reveals how millions of pounds of public money are being paid out to businessmen and millionaire farmers in an abuse of the farming subsidy system. Investors explain how they have been paid without having to do any farming at all. The programme also examines the rest of the subsidy system and hears criticism of large payments to wealthy individuals like the Queen and the Duke of Westminster simply on the basis of owning large amounts of land.
Secrets of the Tory Billionaire — Panorama, BBC
1 February 2012
He's donated more than £10 million to the Conservative Party and his cash helped put David Cameron into power. So how truthful has Lord Ashcroft been about the extent of his business empire? Panorama investigates his links to a controversial construction company in the Caribbean which has gone bust with debts of some $30 million.
Mark Steel — Question Time, BBC
1 February 2012
Steel explains how the rich get away with injustice.
The Koch Brothers — People & Power, Aljazeera
27 October 2011
Bob Abeshouse asks if the tycoon duo's fortune could put the radical right into the White House. The Koch brothers fuelled the conservative Tea Party movement, fooling many into supporting policies that would leave the average American worse off.
The Wonderful World of Tony Blair — Dispatches, Channel 4
20 October 2011
Since resigning in June 2007, Tony Blair has financially enriched himself more than any previous ex-prime minister. Peter Oborne reveals some of the sources of his new-found wealth, much of which comes from the Middle East. more »
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You're Fayed (2005) — Keith Allen and Ned Parker, Associated-Rediffusion
4 August 2011
Keith Allen meets Mohamed Al Fayed, and travels with him to Paris, London and his Scottish castle in Al Fayed's private jet. Mohamed Al Fayed talks about a variety of topics and issues from corruption in high places, New Labour and the Tories, to his belief in the role of royalty in the car crash of 1997 in which his son Dodi and Princess Diana died.
How The Rich Beat The Tax Man — Dispatches, Channel 4
23 October 2010
With more than twenty millionaires in the Conservative cabinet, reporter Antony Barnett examines the financial affairs of some ministers and others who have helped the coalition. George Osborne says “we're all in this together” but are ministers and top Tories paying the same rates of tax as the rest of us? Barnett visits a number of offshore tax havens around the world still under British control, to find out more about tax avoidance ploys.
Lord Ashcroft's Millions — Panorama, BBC
15 October 2010
Lord Ashcroft, the biggest political donor since records began, resigned as deputy chairman of the Conservative Party in September 2010. His millions helped bank-roll David Cameron into power, but where does Ashcroft's money come from? Panorama travels to other countries he calls home, and hears allegations about secret deals and tax avoidance.
Nick Clegg Uncovered: Russian roots of British liberalism — Russia Today
26 May 2010
Short news report on the Deputy PM's aristocratic background; Cameron's is also mentioned. This is democracy in action — power to the ‘people’... er, rich people that is.
A Very British Coup (1988) — Skreba Films
20 March 2010
Based on the novel by Chris Mullin, this political thriller stars Ray McAnally as the newly elected left-wing prime minister Harry Perkins, who soon finds himself up to his neck in conspiracy. The Perkins government sets out to dissolve all newspaper monopolies, remove all US military bases from UK soil, disarm all British nuclear weapons and run a true open government. The right-wing — with the help of MI5 and the CIA — immediately plot to depose him.
Cameron Unspun — Prentiss McCabe
17 March 2010
Who is David Cameron, and what does he stand for? Are the Tories able to govern Britain, or are they completely unprepared? This film looks for answers.
Oh Lord! — 60 Minutes, NineMSN
9 March 2010
The blue bloods may be getting evicted from their hailed residence the House of Lords. However, the British aristocracy continues to live the high life. Note in this clip how they hate the French. Why? Because the French did away with hierarchy and tradition, replacing them with reason, in what was known as the Age of Enlightenment.
Tory! Tory! Tory! Path to Power — Dan Hillman
5 February 2010
This film tells the story of how a merchant banker established The Freedom Association — a Tory organisation dedicated to fighting the left. The TFA's main purpose is to get a right-wing government elected in the UK using methods of subversion. It is operating now through various guises (UKIP).
Royal Inquest: Princely Trafficking — Edward Schillinger & Mike Dang
17 November 2009
Documentary about Saudi Prince Nayef Al-Shaalan, who was sentenced in absentia to ten years in jail on charges of involvement in a cocaine-smuggling gang. The prince was one of ten people handed jail terms in connection with an operation which landed two tonnes of cocaine outside Paris in 1999. He was accused of using his diplomatic immunity to smuggle drugs to France on board a private jet. Was the grandson of founding Saudi monarch Abdulaziz and son-in-law to the Saudi deputy defence minister trying to covertly raise money for black operations?
The Problem Princes — Dispatches, Channel 4
24 February 2009
Alex Thomson investigates the roles currently adopted by the royal princes and asks how their activities are shaping the modern monarchy that Prince William will inherit. Thomson delves into the royal finances and business dealings. He also examines claims that Buckingham Palace are not averse to media manipulation. more »
Zbigniew Brzezinski — HARDtalk, BBC
16 November 2008
Stephen Sackur talks to the former US National Security Adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski — “adviser” to the Obama campaign. Brzezinski, known for his hardline policies on the Soviet Union, initiated in 1979 a campaign supporting mujaheddin in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which was run by Pakistani security services with financial support from the CIA and Britain's MI6. This policy had the explicit aim of promoting radical Islamist and anti-Communist forces.
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The Power of the Global Elite — HARDtalk, BBC
5 November 2008
David Rothkopf and Jonathan Aitken talk about the growing power of the global elite. The guests discuss the power and influence of the international select group, operating alongside the traditional power structures, who are remaking the modern world through their roots in business, finance and the media — “Is it time we challenged the power of the global elite?”
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House of Saud (2005) — Frontline, PBS
13 October 2008
A special history on Saudi Arabia, its troubled relationship with America, and the challenges confronting a nation where tradition and modernity are in violent collision.
Dirty Tricks: The Man Who Got The Bush Family Elected — Stefan Forbes
12 October 2008
Gripping documentary that tells the story of Lee Atwater, the blues-playing rogue whose rambunctious rise to become chairman of the GOP positioned him as kingmaker and political rock star. Atwater mentored George W Bush and Karl Rove while leading the Republicans to victory, helped make liberal a dirty word and transformed the way America elects its presidents.
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Saudi Arabia: Under the Veil (2006) — Yorgos Avgeropoulos
4 August 2008
Hyper-conservative clerics are seeking a return to the roots of Islam, reformists are pressuring liberties and Americans insist on determining the country's oil wealth. This documentary throws light on a society where theatre, cinema and music are forbidden, while executions continue to be a public spectacle.
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Bush's Famous Family Tree — CBS News
20 July 2008
It was revealed recently that Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack “the prince of bait-and-switch” Obama are distant cousins. Now, thanks to a New York Post story about genealogy, we're getting a glimpse at the rather surprising family tree of President Bush himself.
Infamous Murders: Roberto Calvi — Nugas/Martin Productions
23 May 2008
Roberto Calvi, aka God's Banker — “murdered, probably because he knew too much about the P2 masonic lodge and its links with the Vatican Bank”.
The Ministry of Truth — Richard Symons
12 October 2007
British film-maker Richard Symons asks members of the British government to support his campaign for truth in the Houses of Parliament, and a pledge from the MPs that they will never tell a lie; “We, the people, are sovereign. We grant this sovereignty to our elected representatives in Parliament. Whilst representing our sovereignty, our elected representatives have fundamental obligations to be honest, transparent and accountable to us. We are entitled to formal, legal, independent courses of action for a breach of these fundamental obligations.”
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White King, Red Rubber, Black Death — Peter Bate
5 April 2007
Documentary about 19th century King Leopold II of Belgium, who personally owned one million square miles of Central Africa — the Congo Free State, which suffered the most oppressive form of colonisation Africa has ever known. As many as 10 million Africans died in his quest for wealth as Leopold turned an area 80 times the size of Belgium into a vast, highly profitable labour camp harvesting wild rubber for a new, industrial rubber-hungry world.
The Saudi Royal Family (2002) — CBS News
3 April 2007
This film profiles the secretive House of Saud, from the oil boom of the 40s and 50s, to the complicated and fraught relations with the west amid rising fundamentalism.
Charles: The Meddling Prince — Dispatches, Channel 4
14 March 2007
Prince Charles will one day be crowned King of England — a position which by constitutional convention is politically neutral. But in this six-month investigation, Dispatches reveals a number of serious concerns: the extent of his political ambition and interference, the measures his office have employed to silence critics and questionable financial arrangements, which raise questions about the future of the monarchy.
Secrets of the Dollar Bill — Brighton Films
5 November 2006
What are the symbols on the US dollar? This programme looks at the facts and the fiction.
Mysteries of the Freemasons: The Beginning — Powderhouse Productions
30 October 2006
The history and origins of freemasonry.
Gladio (1992) — Allan Francovich, Timewatch, BBC
1 July 2006
For forty years, secret terrorist organisations — many trained by western intelligence agencies — have manipulated the political control of European sovereign states by a campaign of terror and murder. Originally part of a secret network, these groups changed from being defenders of state security into attackers of the established political order. Until 1990, that secret network was generally known by the single word GLADIO.
Part 1: The Ring Masters
Part 2: The Puppeteers
Part 3: The Foot Soldiers
The Pope and the Mafia Millions — Redback Films
16 March 2006
Italian banker Roberto Calvi was found dead in 1982 in London. Known as God's banker for his links with the Vatican, Calvi was the chairman of Banco Ambrosiano and a central figure in a complex web of international fraud. Did the P2 masonic lodge arrange to have him silenced?
A BBC report broadcast on 14 July 1982 with some background to the Calvi case.
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Silvio Berlusconi: The Italian Tycoon — BBC
27 February 2006
Documentary that looks at the rise of Italy's most influential man. They call it Berlusconism. It seems the Italian Prime Minister has cornered the market in ‘cornering the market’.
The Kissinger File — Wilfried Huismann
18 April 2005
Pinochet barely got away with it. Milosevic was not so fortunate. He was arrested and then extradited to the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague. Both one-time heads of state stand accused of Crimes Against Humanity — both were dictators. Henry Kissinger, however, could be the first representative of a democratic country to stand before the Hague high court.
Rong Radio — Kary Stewart, GNN
26 February 2005
British poet and activist Benjamin Zephaniah on the hypocrisy of the Queen and the British establishment, who tried to bring him into the fold and failed. His article on why he refused the Queen's honour can be read here: ‘Me? I thought, OBE me? Up yours, I thought’
The World According to Bush — CBC News
15 November 2004
Excellent documentary on the inner-workings of the Bush administration. Aims to show how the Bushes have not only dined with the devil, but have often invited themselves to his table.
The Unauthorized Biography of Dick Cheney — CBC News
15 November 2004
One of the most powerful and well-connected men in the world, Cheney accumulated total power relentlessly. CBC shows how he accomplished this, what it involved in terms of costs for others and what history's judgment could be.
Kevin Phillips, former White House strategist — Snowshoe Films
7 March 2004
Phillips spoke at Berkeley, California in January 2004. He exposes four generations of criminal activity by the Bush dynasty.
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Skull and Bones — 60 minutes, CBS
21 November 2003
‘Apart from presidents, Bones has included cabinet officers, spies, Supreme Court justices, statesmen and captains of industry.’
The Trials of Henry Kissinger — BBC
2 October 2003
Assassination, secret bombings and massacre: war crimes committed by Kissinger.
Bush Family Fortunes — Greg Palast, BBC
28 September 2003
Investigation by the BBC and Greg Palast.