Empire: Secrets

Oliver Stone: 'It's a global security state'

Acclaimed film director discusses US' reaction to 9/11 and its impact on Washington's national security policy.

Last Modified: 21 Aug 2013 20:56
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The concept was they did not want reform, they wanted the American style system of capitalism where we owned the resources, American corporations could own those countries or work them to exploit them.

Oliver Stone, Hollywood director,

Oliver Stone is an Oscar-winning director and writer renowned for films like Platoon , the cult movie Natural Born Killers , and Nixon , which interrogate American culture, history and politics.

He has been described by British film critic Philip French as “one of the few committed men of the left working in mainstream American cinema.”

Stone’s 2012 ten-part documentary series, Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States , and the companion book, co-written with historian Peter Kuznick, examines the rise of the US national security state, which they trace back to the atomic bomb, and the overlooked events that have shaped American history.

Stone joined Empire of Secrets  to discuss the significance of US' reaction to 9/11, how it has led to a bloated, Orwellian security state, and how, historically, its efforts to contain perceived national security threats have resulted in blowback situations.


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