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April 9, 2009 2:49 PM

Fact overwhelming fiction

Posted by Lance Dickie

British spy novelist John Le Carre would never write the plot to "Black Money," an extraordinary documentary presentation by Frontline on PBS. The stunning tale of international bribery is not beyond the master storyteller's imagination. No, he would assume his most ardent fans would find the tale too preposterous even for fiction.

Correspondent Lowell Bergman takes viewers inside the Al-Yamamah arms deal, whose corrupting touch extends to the most powerful countries and companies on the planet. Please note public awareness of the scandal found momentum with reporting in a British newspaper, The Guardian.

The story follows an arms deal initiated by the Saudi royal family that leads directly to the highest levels of aerospace giant BAE, and the British government. Epic levels of bribery are revealed, and essentially left unchallenged. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair collapses like a tea cosy. This Frontline website is rich with background material, and features a link to watch the documentary online. Let me know what you think.

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