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FTR #33 They Thought They Were Free

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This segment features the subjective experience of a German university professor who lived through the rise of Hitler. Although opposed to Hitler, the professor offered no substantive resistance because the gradual nature of the rise and entrenchment of Nazism beguiled him and lulled him into a false sense of security. “Everything” seemed the same, “everyone” seemed to be happy and “everyone” to whom he confided his misgivings about the regime pooh-poohed him as “pessimistic” or “neurotic.” The account of his experiences is presented in comparison with the situation in contemporary America and the passive, unseeing attitude of those Americans who should be resisting the rise of fascism in the United States.

In addition to noting a developing civic awareness that is (potentially lethally) callous toward the disadvantaged, the broadcast notes the dangers to American society presented by an economic collapse. A seeming distant consideration when the program was recorded in 1995, the issue doesn’t seem so remote in 2011.

Much of the second side of the program analyzes the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103, brought down by a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland. Apparently executed in part by terrorist, drug dealer and weapons broker Monzer Al-Kassar, the bombing may well have been a spin-off of a “controlled drug shipment” engineered by elements of U.S. intelligence.

The program notes evidence suggesting the complicity of Iran-Contra-connected elements of U.S. intelligence.

(Recorded in the fall of 1995.)