Stealing a Nation
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"Stealing a Nation" is a 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 outside the U.S. in the world. 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 dating 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 U.S. Congress, the British government plotted with Washington to expel the entire population - in secrecy and in breach of the United Nations Charter.

The struggle to come back home was finally won in recent history by families of Diego Garcia as they won a court case in England-or was it?

OUR COMMENTS
You may never have heard about this group of islands, as I hadn't. Maybe that is the reason why top governmental officials in the U.S. and Britain were able to do something so morally reprehensible. Most importantly the case of Diego Garcia shows us the power these governments have to destroy the lives of its own citizens for a secret business deal.
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