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FTR #905 Globalization, Transnational Corporations and Japanese Fascism

Over the decades, we have spo­ken at great length about the Sec­ond World War and fas­cism as out­growths of glob­al­iza­tion, a phe­nom­e­non gen­er­ally thought of as hav­ing begun in the post World War II period. Most of the dis­cus­sion has cen­tered on the rela­tion­ships between Ger­man and Amer­i­can cor­po­ra­tions and oli­garchs. With both Don­ald Trump and Bernie Sanders tar­get­ing trade agree­ments and glob­al­iza­tion in their cam­paign rhetoric, we review the car­tel rela­tion­ships between the Japan­ese Zaibatsu (fam­ily trusts) and their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts. As well, we note the cen­tral role of Emperor Hiro­hito in the wag­ing of Japan’s war of aggres­sion and the post-war his­tor­i­cal revi­sion­ism that has eclipsed his activ­i­ties. After dis­cussing the re-investment of the prof­its from the Amer­i­can indus­trial boom of the 1920’s in Ger­many and Japan, we ana­lyze the delib­er­ate frus­tra­tion of the attempted polit­i­cal and eco­nomic reform of Japan. Intent on con­tin­u­ing the pro­found cor­po­rate rela­tion­ships that had boosted Japan into its posi­tion as a dom­i­nant indus­trial power, Wall Street inter­ests and allied polit­i­cal, national secu­rity and media elites sub­verted the attempts at reform­ing Japan­ese finance, indus­try and pol­i­tics. A major part of the effort involved white­wash­ing Emperor Hirohito’s cen­tral role in wag­ing World War II in the Pacific and prof­it­ing from Japan­ese mil­i­tary con­quests. Pro­gram high­lights include: the sus­pi­cious deaths of Japan­ese offi­cers and mem­bers of the Impe­r­ial fam­ily who were forth­com­ing about the truth con­cern­ing Emperor Hiro­hito; the appar­ent mur­der of State Depart­ment offi­cer George Atch­e­son, who attempted to blow the whis­tle con­cern­ing the sub­ver­sion of the reform of Japan; the role of Gen­eral William Draper in frus­trat­ing the reform of Japan and review of his career as an invest­ment banker with Dil­lon, Read & Co.; the deci­sive role of the MacArthur group within the mil­i­tary in the frus­tra­tion of Japan­ese reform and the re-institution of the fas­cists, mil­i­tarists and zaibatsu in post­war Japan.


FTR #904 Miscellaneous Articles and Updates

Begin­ning with an update on the inves­ti­ga­tion into the fate of Adolf Hitler, the broad­cast notes that Simon Dun­stan and Ger­ard Williams (authors of “Grey Wolf”) have been receiv­ing death threats in con­nec­tion with their research–this more than 70 years after the Fuehrer’s alleged “sui­cide.” Fresh from his Sil­i­con Val­ley appear­ance, Naren­dra Modi has been actu­al­iz­ing the RSS’s Hindu/nationalsit fas­cism, insti­tut­ing an online mon­i­tor­ing agency and beat­ing up stu­dent pro­test­ers in New Delhi. Much of the broad­cast details devel­op­ments in the world of high-tech, from appar­ent and ter­ri­fy­ing hacks to pre­dic­tions about the mas­sive replace­ment of work­ers by robots and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence. Pro­gram High­lights Include: Aya­tol­lah Khomeini’s net­work­ing with a Muslim-Brotherhood affil­i­ate; the appar­ent hack­ing of a Boston sub­way train; the hack­ing of a water treat­ment plant; review of Nazi hacker and Glenn Green­wald crony Andrew Auernheimer’s hack­ing of remote print­ers; review of the devo­lu­tion of Microsoft’s Tay AI chat­bot into a Nazi; dis­cus­sion of the devel­op­ment of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence as the “next big thing” in tech­nol­ogy; pro­jec­tions that 83% of jobs pay­ing under $20.00 an hour will be tech­no­log­i­cally phased out; pro­jec­tion that more than 5 mil­lion con­struc­tion jobs will be replaced by robots and/or AI; the late Antonin Scalia’s net­work­ing with the Hab­s­burg milieu.


FTR #903 Daniel Hopsicker on Donald Trump and How He Is Going to Make America Great Again

Don­ald Trump’s entire busi­ness career–his “art of the deal”–derives from highly ques­tion­able deal­ings with a pan­theon of orga­nized crime fig­ures, cor­rupt financiers and intelligence-connected oper­a­tives. From his early entre­pre­neur­ial career in Atlantic City to his under­tak­ings in Florida to his oper­a­tions in West­ern cities like Las Vegas, one finds Trump asso­ci­ated with Jimmy-Hoffa linked Mafia fig­ures, peo­ple from the milieu of Howard Hughes and Iran-Contra play­ers such as Adnan Khashoggi. Trump has pro­jected financier Carl Icahn as his Sec­re­tary of the Trea­sury, ignor­ing Icahn’s link to what Daniel has called “Cocaine One” and the mys­te­ri­ous, nefar­i­ous Sky­way air­lines. Trump’s Atlantic City deals involved mob-linked fig­ures like Dan Sul­li­van, Ken­neth Shapiro, “Fat Tony Salerno” and Nicky Scarfo. More sig­nif­i­cantly, the State of New Jer­sey, Atlantic City offi­cials, and the Hol­i­day Inn inter­ests have aided Trump in highly ques­tion­able ways. In Las Vegas, Trump has been the heir to fig­ures from the Meyer Lan­sky and Howard Hughes inter­ests, such as Louis Lesser. Trump’s larger cir­cle of friends links to indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions involved with the Mar­cos fam­ily in the Philip­pines, whose largesse derived from the Golden Lily loot secreted by the Japan­ese in World War II. Pro­gram High­lights Include: Craig Lesser (Louis Lesser’s son) and his role in access­ing some of the Golden Lily loot in the Philip­pines; Iran-Contra fig­ure Adnan Khashoggi’s sale of his per­sonal yacht to Don­ald Trump; Khashoggi’s links to Imelda Mar­cos; Trump’s flip­ping of a lux­ury Palm Beach (Florida) prop­erty to Russ­ian mob­ster Dim­itry Rybolovlev; Trump’s use of “off­shoring” tac­tics to ren­der his deal­ings opaque.


FTR #902 The Underground Reich, and the Deep Politics of the CIA “Privacy Advocates”: Update on the Adventures of Eddie the Friendly Spook

The mafia began as a resis­tance move­ment focused against Norse (Viking) and Sara­cen (Turkish/Muslim) invaders in 12th and 13 cen­tury Sicily. It might seem incred­i­ble to the casual observer that an orga­ni­za­tion that began so long ago could have devel­oped and spread to the size, grav­i­tas and scope of oper­a­tions that it has. We also appre­ci­ate that when Mr. Emory uses the term “Under­ground Reich,” it might seem odd or incred­i­ble to many. Bring­ing up to date “L’Affaire Snow­den,” we under­score the deep pol­i­tics under­ly­ing the CIA’s broad­cast psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare fronts and their evo­lu­tion into the milieu involv­ing and sur­round­ing Eddie the Friendly Spook. Much of the mate­r­ial in this pro­gram is reviewed from pre­vi­ous broad­casts, pre­sented here to pro­vide depth and under­stand­ing to how what has been pre­sented as a “pro­gres­sive,” “enlight­ened” phe­nom­e­non could be its oppo­site. “Team Snow­den” man­i­fests fas­cism and the Under­ground Reich at every turn. A major ele­ment of analy­sis is the devel­op­ment of the CIA’s focal point net­works in the 1950’s, result­ing in the for­ma­tion of a CIA-controlled “government-within-the-government.” Is “Team Snow­den” evolved from the focal point net­works? Next the broad­cast reviews the for­ma­tion of the Broad­cast Board of Gov­er­nors, an umbrella orga­ni­za­tion enfold­ing the CIA’s radio pro­pa­ganda and psy­cho­log­i­cal fronts formed dur­ing the Cold War. “Team Snow­den” is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the BBG–Snowden him­self worked for CIA when he decided to infil­trate NSA and leak its secrets. In that con­text, we note that the Gehlen orga­ni­za­tion was at the foun­da­tion of the for­ma­tion of the propaganda/psychological war­fare fronts under the direc­tion of the BBG. Much of the pro­gram under­scores the Gehlen Org’s links to the Under­ground Reich, in order to rein­force lis­ten­ers’ under­stand­ing of how this net­work dat­ing to World War II could project its influ­ence through the decades and into our con­tem­po­rary his­tor­i­cal period. ” . . . A net­work of for­mer Nazi intel­li­gence agents, the major­ity of whom were mem­bers of the SS, began work­ing out of offices at Camp King side by side with army intel­li­gence offi­cers. . . . The Gehlen Orga­ni­za­tion was a mur­der­ous bunch, “free-wheeling” and out of con­trol. . . The army became fed up with the Gehlen Orga­ni­za­tion, but there was no way out. Its oper­a­tives were pro­fes­sional double-crossers and liars–many were also alleged war criminals–and now they had the army over a bar­rel. . . .” Dis­cus­sion con­cludes with “First Look” media czar Pierre Omidyar’s selec­tion of Robert Liet­zke to be an Omid­yar fel­low (Liet­zke was one of Edward Snowden’s supe­ri­ors when he was employed at Booz Allen Hamil­ton.) Pro­gram High­lights Include: Review of the Cru­sade For Freedom–the covert oper­a­tion that pre­cip­i­tated the for­ma­tion of the Nazi wing of the GOP; the CFF’s use of Radio Lib­erty as a front for employ­ing fas­cists and laun­der­ing funds; the con­ti­nu­ity in the Nazi chain of com­mand from the Third Reich to the Gehlen orga­ni­za­tion when it went to work for the U.S.; the Gehlen organization’s strong links to the Bor­mann cap­i­tal net­work; the strong over­lap of the Thyssen indus­trial fam­ily, its busi­ness part­ners in the Bush fam­ily, Allen Dulles’ CIA and the Bor­mann net­work; the Gehlen group’s ini­tial re-incarnation as the eyes and ears of Army intelligence.


FTR #901 Fascism: Past, Present and Future

Col­lab­o­ra­tion by pow­er­ful, influ­en­tial West­ern and Amer­i­can insti­tu­tions has enabled the per­pet­u­a­tion of what Mr. Emory calls “The Under­ground Reich.” In addi­tion to the cor­po­rate inter­ests who backed the Axis, jour­nal­is­tic orga­ni­za­tions such as the Asso­ci­ated Press collaborated–the legacy of that col­lab­o­ra­tion being a dis­torted view of his­tory. Much of the pro­gram high­lights the return “above-ground” of polit­i­cal ele­ments of the Under­ground Reich. In Ukraine, the heirs to the OUN/B fas­cists con­tinue to gain grav­i­tas polit­i­cally and mil­i­tar­ily. The openly Nazi Azov Bat­tal­ion will now receive fund­ing and train­ing from the U.S. gov­ern­ment, thanks to the omnibus fund­ing bill passed in Decem­ber of 2015. With Ukrain­ian mem­bers of Par­lia­ment openly man­i­fest­ing their Nazi sym­pa­thies, those who pro­fess to be “shocked, shocked” at devel­op­ments should recon­sider their point of view. In Croa­tia, Ustachi ele­ments have gained con­trol of the gov­ern­ment, as attested to by the out­go­ing prime min­is­ter. Croa­t­ian cul­tural events, such as foot­ball [soc­cer] matches con­tinue to expe­ri­ence open cel­e­bra­tion of pro-Ustacha sen­ti­ment. After review­ing the Cru­sade For Free­dom and its pro­jec­tion of East­ern Euro­pean Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors into the GOP, the pro­gram high­lights the Nazi-like polit­i­cal agenda of the AfD. Rep­re­sented as “anti-immigrant,” it embraces a quasi-eugenics agenda and his­tor­i­cal revi­sion­ism rem­i­nis­cent of the NSDAP’s agenda. The pro­gram con­cludes with a look at the future of fas­cism, with Nazi hacker extra­or­di­naire Andrew “Weev” Auern­heimer hav­ing hacked print­ers and made them spew white suprema­cist pro­pa­ganda, as well as tweet­ing Nazi ide­ol­ogy in such as man­ner as to (appar­ently) aug­ment his stash of Bit­coins. The pro­gram fea­tures a look at Tay, the Microsoft AI “chat­bot” that turned into a Nazi 24 hours after going online. Pro­gram High­lights Include: the AP’s use of SS press liai­son Franz Roth as a photo edi­tor; the AP’s cover-up of the Lviv pogroms in Ukraine; the direct asso­ci­a­tion of Croa­t­ian cul­ture min­is­ter Zlatko Hasan­be­govic with the son-in-law of Croa­t­ian World War II dic­ta­tor Ante Pavelic; Auernhemer’s asso­ci­a­tion with Glenn Green­wald; Ukrain­ian pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko being allowed to address to the Knesset–the Israeli parliament–despite his hav­ing laid a wreath in trib­ute to the OUN/B at the site of the Babi Yar mas­sacre (1200 of the 1800 exe­cu­tion­ers at Babi Yar were from the OUN/B); the ele­va­tion of Svo­boda party mem­ber Andriy Paru­biy to be the speaker of the Ukrain­ian par­lia­ment; the use of the “14 words” by Svo­boda politi­cians in Ukraine, as well as Auern­heimer; recap of Croa­t­ian foot­baller Joe Simunic’s lead­ing of a crowd in the “Za Dom Spremni” Ustachi chant.


FTR #900 The Panama Papers and the Underground Reich

Analy­sis of the Panama-based Mos­sack Fon­seca law firm sug­gests the pos­si­bil­ity that the firm is an intel­li­gence front of some kind. Beyond that, there are indi­ca­tions that the out­fit and/or key peo­ple involved with its gen­er­a­tive milieu are linked to the Under­ground Reich. Erhard Mos­sack, father of Mos­sack Fon­seca co-founder Juer­gen, not only served in the SS, but appears to have been recruited by U.S. after the war. Erhard Mos­sack was in pos­ses­sion of lists of Were­wolf guerilla unit mem­bers. Orig­i­nally assem­bled to con­duct guerilla war­fare against Allied armies occu­py­ing Ger­many, the Were­wolves were a key ele­ment of post-war Nazi escape routes and the Otto Skorzeny-managed ODESSA net­work. The Were­wolves were also the tem­plate for the early CIA/Gehlen Org “stay behind” units, the gen­e­sis of what became pop­u­larly known as Oper­a­tion Gladio. Mos­sack Fon­seca has helped “off­shore” money for many inter­ests, includ­ing the Mar­cos family’s Golden Lily-derived for­tune and the Thyssen-Bornemisza family’s art deal­ings. One of the most inter­est­ing of Mos­sack Fonseca’s oper­a­tions is its piv­otally impor­tant Nevada sub­sidiary, headed by a Chilean woman named Patri­cia Amu­nategui, an admirer of Augusto Pinochet, Sara Palin, Mitt Rom­ney, the Koch broth­ers, the Dalai Lama and the cult built around Swami Yogananda. A well-known and sem­i­nal “guru,” Yogananda was an admirer of Hitler and Mus­solini in the 1930’s. Pro­gram High­lights Include: Mos­sack Fonseca’s use of bearer bonds for some of its sub­sidiary oper­a­tions; Erhard Mossack’s prob­a­ble work spy­ing for the CIA on Cuba in Panama; Juergen’s brother Peter’s work as Panama’s Hon­orary Con­sul in Frank­furt, seat of the Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank; review of the use of stolen art as a key cap­i­tal resource by the Nazis; the BND’s refusal to release infor­ma­tion about Erhard, although they had a file on him; review of the BND’s prac­tice of recruit­ing from among the fam­i­lies of exist­ing BND mem­bers; Pierre Omidyar’s refusal to pub­lish Ken Silverstein’s story on Mos­sack Fon­seca and sub­se­quent demand for pay­ment by “Vice News,” which did pub­lish the article.


FTR #899 Fara Mansoor on “The Deep October Surprise,” Part 4

This broad­cast con­cludes our review of Fara Mansoor’s heroic, ground-breaking research on what we call “The Deep Octo­ber Sur­prise,” and ref­er­ences the his­tor­i­cal lessons to be drawn from the inquiry to the con­tem­po­rary polit­i­cal scene. Usu­ally, the term “Octo­ber Sur­prise” refers to an alleged deal between the Reagan/Bush cam­paign and the Khome­ini regime in Iran to with­hold the U.S. hostages taken from the Amer­i­can Embassy until after Jimmy Carter’s humil­i­a­tion and con­se­quent elec­tion defeat were assured. Fara’s research goes far­ther and deeper, sug­gest­ing that the CIA learned of the Shah’s can­cer in 1974 (from for­mer CIA direc­tor Richard Helms), with­held the infor­ma­tion from Jimmy Carter, installed Khomeini’s Islamic fun­da­men­tal­ists as an anti-communist bul­wark on the Soviet Union’s South­ern flank and then micro-managed the hostage cri­sis to insure the ascen­sion of the Reagan/Bush/Casey forces. What has become known as the Iran-Contra Scan­dal was an out­growth of this dynamic. In this pro­gram, we flesh out the net­work­ing involv­ing the Shah’s intel­li­gence spe­cial­ist Hos­sein Far­doust, who selected the per­son­nel for Khomeini’s mil­i­tary gen­eral staff and became the head of his secret police. Another of the Bush/CIA operatives–Ibrahim Yazdi–helped Khome­ini move from Iraq to Paris, served as his de facto chief of staff in Paris, served as his PR flack in the U.S., and was instru­men­tal in maneu­ver­ing Mashal­lah Khashani into place as secu­rity coor­di­na­tor for the U.S. Embassy in Teheran. Pro­gram High­lights Include: Khashani’s lead­er­ship in the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Novem­ber of 1979; the par­tial dis­arm­ing of the Marine guards at the embassy prior to the takeover; a prior takeover attempt on 2/14/1979 by Khome­ini forces dis­guised as “left­ists;” net­work­ing between some of Fardoust’s selec­tions for Khomeini’s gen­eral staff and promi­nent fig­ures in the Iran-Contra scan­dal; the counter-terrorism back­ground of Linda Tripp, the Bush White House holdover who helped de-stabilize the Bill Clin­ton admin­is­tra­tion; Mitt Rom­ney backer and FBI direc­tor James Comey’s ini­ti­a­tion of the inves­ti­ga­tion of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server.


FTR #898 Fara Mansoor on “The Deep October Surprise,” Part 3

With the recent Iran­ian nuclear deal and the lift­ing of eco­nomic sanc­tions against Iran, the his­tory of U.S./Iranian rela­tions has attained greater rel­e­vance. In that con­text, we present the third of sev­eral shows revis­it­ing Fara Mansoor’s land­mark research on what we have termed the “Deep Octo­ber Sur­prise.” Fara’s research sug­gests that the CIA learned of the Shah’s can­cer in 1974 (from for­mer CIA direc­tor Richard Helms), with­held the infor­ma­tion from Jimmy Carter, installed Khomeini’s Islamic fun­da­men­tal­ists as an anti-communist bul­wark on the Soviet Union’s South­ern flank and then micro-managed the hostage cri­sis to insure the ascen­sion of the Reagan/Bush/Casey forces. After a series of vio­lent inci­dents that sowed chaos in Iran, the Shah him­self real­ized that U.S. intel­li­gence was engi­neer­ing his removal. ” . . . . By late August [of 1977], the Shah was totally con­fused. U.S. Ambas­sador Sul­li­van recorded the Shah’s plead­ings over the out­break of vio­lence: ‘He said the pat­tern was wide­spread and that it was like an out­break of a sud­den rash in the country…it gave evi­dence of sophis­ti­cated plan­ning and was not the work of spon­ta­neous oppositionists…the Shah pre­sented that it was the work of for­eign intrigue…this intrigue went beyond the capa­bil­i­ties of the Soviet KGB and must, there­fore, also involve British and Amer­i­can CIA. The Shah went on to ask ‘Why was the CIA sud­denly turn­ing against him? What had he done to deserve this sort of action from the United States?’ . . . .” Pro­gram High­lights Include: the dis­ap­pear­ance and prob­a­ble assas­si­na­tion in Libya of a key Shi­ite cler­i­cal rival of Khomeini’s–Ayatollah Mosa Sadr; a provo­ca­tion in which a the­ater was burned down, killing 750 occupants–an attack blamed on the SAVAK and the Shah; an arti­cle placed in an Iran­ian paper that inflamed the pop­u­lace against the Shah and coa­lesced the Shi­ite clergy against him; key Shah aide Gen­eral Hos­sein Fardoust’s author­ship of the provoca­tive arti­cle; the piv­otal role played in “the Deep Octo­ber Sur­prise” by Dr. Ibrahim Yazdi; the Nazi intel­li­gence back­ground of Fazol­lah Zahedi, who replaced Mohammed Mossadegh after the CIA coup in 1953.


FTR #897 Fara Mansoor on the “Deep October Surprise,” Part 2

This broad­cast is the sec­ond of sev­eral pro­grams review­ing and high­light­ing mate­r­ial first pre­sented in early 1993, fea­tur­ing the land­mark research of Fara Man­soor, a heroic, long­time mem­ber of the Iran­ian resis­tance. Usu­ally, the term “Octo­ber Sur­prise” refers to an allege deal between the Reagan/Bush cam­paign and the Khome­ini regime in Iran to with­hold the U.S. hostages taken from the Amer­i­can Embassy until after Jimmy Carter’s humil­i­a­tion and con­se­quent elec­tion defeat were assured. Fara’s research goes far­ther and deeper, sug­gest­ing that the CIA learned of the Shah’s can­cer in 1974 (from for­mer CIA direc­tor Richard Helms), with­held the infor­ma­tion from Jimmy Carter, installed Khomeini’s Islamic fun­da­men­tal­ists as an anti-communist bul­wark on the Soviet Union’s South­ern flank and then micro-managed the hostage cri­sis to insure the ascen­sion of the Reagan/Bush/Casey forces. What has become known as the Iran-Contra Scan­dal was an out­growth of this dynamic. In this pro­gram we present analy­sis of the first phase(s) of the oper­a­tion, not­ing that for­mer CIA direc­tor Richard Helms learned of the Shah’s can­cer in 1975 from Gen­eral Hos­sein Far­doust. With­hold­ing this infor­ma­tion from Pres­i­dent Carter, the CIA fed the admin­is­tra­tion dis­in­for­ma­tion assert­ing that the Shah’s reign well into the 1980’s was assured. Mean­while, the Agency was maneu­ver­ing to install Khome­ini as a bul­wark against the left, and, as we shall see, a vehi­cle to desta­bi­lize the Carter admin­is­tra­tion and guar­an­tee the vic­tory of the Reagan/Bush team in the 1980 elec­tions. Pro­gram High­lights Include: the pres­ence in Iran in April of 1978 of George H.W. Bush, Ronald Rea­gan and Mar­garet Thatcher; the long asso­ci­a­tion of the Shah-to-be, Richard Helms and Gen­eral Hos­sein Far­doust dat­ing to their days together in a Swiss board­ing school; Carter’s “Hal­loween mas­sacre” in which he fired some 800 CIA covert oper­a­tors, who coa­lesced as part of the Bush team that installed Khome­ini and the fun­da­men­tal­ists in power.


FTR #896 Fara Mansoor on “The Deep October Surprise,” Part 1

This broad­cast begins sev­eral pro­grams review­ing and high­light­ing mate­r­ial first pre­sented in early 1993, fea­tur­ing the land­mark research of Fara Man­soor, a long­time, heroic mem­ber of the Iran­ian resis­tance. Usu­ally, the term “Octo­ber Sur­prise” refers to an allege deal between the Reagan/Bush cam­paign and the Khome­ini regime in Iran to with­hold the U.S. hostages taken from the Amer­i­can Embassy until after Jimmy Carter’s humil­i­a­tion and con­se­quent elec­tion defeat were assured. Fara’s research goes far­ther and deeper, sug­gest­ing that the CIA learned of the Shah’s can­cer in 1974 (from for­mer CIA direc­tor Richard Helms), with­held the infor­ma­tion from Jimmy Carter, installed Khomeini’s Islamic fun­da­men­tal­ists as an anti-communist bul­wark on the Soviet Union’s South­ern flank and then micro-managed the hostage cri­sis to insure the ascen­sion of the Reagan/Bush/Casey forces. What has become known as the Iran-Contra Scan­dal was an out­growth of this dynamic. In this pro­gram, we begin our analy­sis with an overview of the covert oper­a­tion, both in the U.S. and Iran, high­light­ing the key play­ers and the net­work­ing in which they engaged to ensure Carter’s down­fall and Khomeini’s rise to power. Of par­tic­u­lar inter­est is the “deep-networking” between U.S. oper­a­tives such as Richard Cot­tam and Iran­ian agents such as Gen­eral Hos­sein Far­doust and Vial­lol­lah Qarani. Cot­tam, Far­doust and Qarani’s asso­ci­a­tion stretch from the 1953 coup that installed the Shah and the 1979 “op” that installed Khome­ini in Iran and the Reagan/Bush team in the U.S. The pro­gram high­lights the extent to which Amer­i­can domes­tic pol­i­tics, national secu­rity pol­icy and over­seas diplo­macy are con­trolled by what amounts to a “secret state.”