Stealing a Nation

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History, Sociopolitical Documentary published by Others in 2005 - English narration

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Award-winning reporter John Pilger exposes how the British Government expelled the population of a group of islands, including Diego Garcia, so the US could build a military base.

STEALING A NATION is an extraordinary film about the plight of people of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean - secretly and brutally expelled from their homeland by British governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s, to make way for an American military base. The base, on the main island of Diego Garcia, was a launch pad for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

A remarkable dossier of evidence has been put together by Pilger and producer Chris Martin, all from official files, charting one of the most shocking conspiracies of modern times, which continues today.

Diego Garcia is America's largest military base in the world, outside the US. There are more than 4,000 troops, two bomber runways, thirty warships and a satellite spy station. The Pentagon calls it an "indispensable platform" for policing the world.

Before the Americans came, more than 2,000 people lived on the islands, many with roots back to the late 18th century. There were thriving villages, a school, a hospital, a church, a railway and an undisturbed way of life. The islands were, and still are, a British crown colony. In the 1960s, the government of Harold Wilson struck a secret deal with the United States to hand over Diego Garcia. The Americans demanded that the islands be "swept" and "sanitized". Unknown to Parliament and to the US Congress, the British government plotted with Washington to expel the entire population - in secrecy and in breach of the United Nations Charter.

This case went to the courts in 2000. The queen acted on it, ruling against it in 2004.
Last year(2006) the High Court rejected the governments argument that the royal prerogative, exercised by ministers in the Queen's name, was immune from scrutiny.
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  • Video Codec: XviD
  • Video Bitrate: 1660 kbps
  • Video Resolution: 940 x 352
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.81:1
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio BitRate: 192 kbps
  • Audio Streams: 1
  • Audio Languages: English
  • RunTime Per Part: 56 minutes
  • Subtitles: None Available

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