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The Real CIA: Enemies, Secrets and Spies (Institutions)

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"People think the CIA is a secret strike force of men in black, running around with hi-tech weapons, accountable to no one. that's a myth - not reality. In this program, we're going to examine the real CIA. We're going to see how it's been shaped by its history and we're going to look at how it operates in a world of enemies, secrets and spies."
Tim Weiner, New York Times

For over four decades, the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency took enormous risks to realize a seemingly impossible dream: that one day, they might see America's mortal enemy, the Soviet Union, collapse and disappear into the ash bin of history.

This program, produced before 9-11, focuses on the CIA's resurgence during the 1980s; its decline during the 1990s; and the challenges it faces as it confronts new kinds of enemies.

Hosted by Tim Weiner, a Pulitzer Prize wining journalist, New York Times correspondent covering national security issues and National Book Award recipient for his 2007 book "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA".

Weiner conducts the bulk of the interviews and has assembled a remarkable roster of intelligence insiders including the four former Directors of Central Intelligence, including Robert Gates, current United States Secretary of Defense and former Director of Central Intelligence. Prominent critics of the CIA, including Gen. William Odom, the former director of the National Security Agency, and Robert Steele, a former CIA analyst are featured.

The documentary recaps the agency's origins, and shows how its history of covert action led to the Church Committee investigations of 1975. Then Weiner looks at the CIA's resurgence in the 1980s. We see how covert action was restored as a favored tool of foreign policy under President Ronald Reagan and William Casey. The story continues with a look at some of the difficulties the CIA encountered during the 1990s, in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, including its failures in Iraq, and the betrayals of two of its senior officers who were spying for the Russians. The program ends by drawing conclusions from the CIA's recent history that can help illuminate the best direction for America's intelligence efforts in the future.

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A presentation of Showtime Networks Inc. a Viacom Company
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Total Running Time: 55-minutes

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  • Actors: Tim Weiner, Robert Gates, Gen. William Odom, Robert Steele
  • Directors: Edward Gray
  • Writers: Tim Weiner
  • Producers: Edward Gray, Steven P. Weinstock, Rick Flaste
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: New York Times Television
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0053IBSQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NEDJ on May 21, 2011
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I received the item in good condition. Packaging was adequate and the product was in good condition. The Label on the DVD cover was what I ordered and the Label on the DVD matched the product that I ordered. I put the DVD in to watch the show and it was the completely wrong program. It was a show called The Show of Force: Preemption Directives. I am in the process of returning this item but there was no seller contact information in "my account" section, so I have no other choice but to let other buyers beware of their order, there is a lack of quality management. If I am contacted and this problem is fixed I will update this review to reflect that service.

UPDATE: I am leaving the above comments up so that future customers can get the whole story. My money was refunded and the matter was handled very quickly and professionally. I would do business with this seller anytime. It would have been better to receive the correct item the first time, so four stars will be my final rating. But mistakes happen and they were handled well.
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