I recently had the opportunity to view the documentary, The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs and I found it to be a great piece of journalism but also a good piece of propaganda. It is journalism in the sense that it covers the history of the Central Intelligence Agency and the change in its’ tactics over the course of time. They speak with an unprecedented number of heads of the organisations spanning 20 years or more.
The propaganda aspect started the moment the documentary started going. Complete attention was taken off the fact that there is this secret society doing extra judicial killings and focused rather on how they were facing a new enemy and how monstrous the foe is to freedom and the moral struggles with regard to where what was done to detainees was torture/extraordinary rendition.
In spite of all of this, I still recommend readers to look at this special and the effort that goes into it. The creator and the journalists behind her actually at times put the CIA figures in some enriching cross examination on topics that went away from what they desired. The strain on their faces was clear when this was done.
Put with this was the number of contradictory statements that they made with pauses and cutaway scenes that allowed the viewer to realise this him or herself. If one can move forward and sift through the apple pie rhetoric, the Spymasters gives a unique picture into the CIA and what they have done and what they will be doing.