New York : Public Affairs Television : A. H. Perlmutter, Inc., c1987.
Video — 1 videocassette (90 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in.
The Iran-Contra hearings set the stage for a review of selected, covert U.S. Government operations conducted since the end of World War II. The program considers how the concept of "national security" has become a convenience used by presidents and high-ranking administration officials to justify illegal covert activities ; the program warns that the concept of national security has become the single most potent driving force in government today, giving rise to a secret government within government -- a government accountable to no one, free from all checks and balances, and at odds with the tenets of constitutional democracy.