[QODLink]
Secrets

Empire of Secrets: Behind-the-scenes

What went into the making of Empire's episode on the clandestine world of government secrets and surveillance?

Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:37
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Host Marwan Bishara and Larry Beinhart discuss Empire's episode on the clandestine world of government secrets.

Who is watching the watchers is not simply questioning whether governments should surveil citizens, but also wonders when government secret-keeping crosses from democracy over to dictatorship. 

The issue was brought to attention with recent revelations about a secret surveillance programme run by the US National Security Agency (NSA), but it carries far beyond the US.

As director Oliver Stone put it in our interview, "It's a global security state, it's not a national security state."

Beinhart is the author of the book American Hero , which was later adapted as the Hollywood movie Wag The Dog. He joined Empire this month as a behind-the-scenes consultant to the show. The pair explain the production team's editorial decisions, why Empire is tackling the issues that it is and what to expect from the programme.

 

Empire can be seen from the last Sunday of every month at 2000GMT, and is re-aired during the following week at these times GMT: Monday: 1200GMT; Tuesday: 0100GMT; Wednesday: 0600GMT.


Click here for more Empire.

198

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Next Episode Airs in: