An occult history of post-war politics, deep state intrigue, true crime, and the spooks, gangsters, politicians and outright monsters who've shaped our unnerving reality.
44 - CASINO 4: Shotgun Safari (BCCI, Safari Club, and the Second CIA)
We have reached the midpoint of our CASINO series, friends and neighbours. Tonight we look at some other aspects of George HW Bush's time as CIA Director, the moment when he became the Godfather of the Amerikan Deep State. We look at the privatization of US intelligence, cocaine trafficking, Adnan Khashoggi and the development of Safari Club, and setting up the dark money networks with BCCI. This one has a little bit of everything, folks.
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43 - CASINO 3: It’s a Small World After All **TEASER**
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Our CASINO miniseries continues. We chase the money and Cuban exiles across 30 years of intrigue and corruption, looking at Castle Bank & Trust, World Finance Corporation, Disney, money laundering, Operation Condor, the mafia, and the CIA. 1976 and the rise of George Bush to the summit of the American deep state looms; the world will never be the same after this.
42 -CASINO 2: The House of the Rising Sun
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The CIA is under new management. As the skim operation and the links between the mob and the Agency are exposed, a panicked attempt at a cover-up ensues. A neon paradise disappears in a tsunami of gore and litigation, but not everyone falls. We end with a look at the claim that the FBI "cleaned up" Vegas, and discuss the mob frontman who briefly became the most powerful man in the world. He might be back in the White House in a couple of years.
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41 - Casino 1: Holes in the Desert
A new miniseries about the deep politics of casinos. Tonight we introduce the story of the near-destruction of the Syndicate, with a look at the story of Lefty Rosenthal, Tony Spilotro, and the secretive networks of business, intelligence and crime surrounding the massive skim operation they oversaw in Las Vegas back in the 70s.
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40 - Networks of the Invisible Empire **TEASER**
A brief interruption to the last run of American history shows, in which we look at the City of London, the British Establishment, Ukraine, Russia, dark money and media spin.
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39 - Last Waltz at 29 Broadway
Tonight we examine the career of OSS/CIA agent and financier Nicholas Deak, and the strange, sad life of a mentally ill woman called Lois Lang. This one takes us on an odyssey through decades of money laundering, assassination, banking and, bizarrely, MKUltra experiments.
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