Book Discussion on Island of Shame

David Vine talked about his book Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton University Press;… read more

David Vine talked about his book Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton University Press; May 20, 2009). In the book about the U.S. military base on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and the 2000 residents of the island who were forcibly exiled from there by the Americans and the British in the late 1960s and early 1970s he reveals what he terms a long hidden history of lies, conspiracy, and empire. He talked about his research and the efforts of the Chagossian people to win the right to return to their homeland and be compensated for their removal. He also talked about the Cold War origins of the base and its use as a launch pad for aircraft used in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and as a site for prisoner detention by the Central Intelligence Agency. He responded to questions from members of the audience. close

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Book Discussion on Island of Shame

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San Francisco, California, United States
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Sep 19, 2009
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Sep 21, 2009

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  • Sep 19, 2009 | 12:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 20, 2009 | 12:05am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 21, 2009 | 4:59am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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