Collapse

Synopsis: A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Chris Smith
Production: Vitagraph Films
 
IMDB:
7.8
Metacritic:
71
Rotten Tomatoes:
83%
UNRATED
Year:
2009
82 min
Website
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You know... There's been a lot of talk

about Abraham Lincoln.

But the president we need today

is not Abraham Lincoln.

The president we need today

is Thomas Jefferson.

He said that we needed a revolution

every generation.

Thomas Jefferson said you have to be ready in order to

preserve the vitality of your liberty and your freedom,

to defend it, nothing by overthrowing anything else

except for what you've been holding in your head,

that may not be applicable anymore.

We've gotten very lazy, where many generations

are overdue for revolution, and are thinking.

I'm not talking about blood and violence,

although I'm afraid that's already happening.

I'm talking about a revolution that's

probably the hardest kind.

The kind that takes place in the human soul,

in the human mind.

To be able to tear everything down,

throw everything out, and start with

a completely fresh paper and say...

okay, how do we solve this problem?

Uhm, can you talk to me a little bit-

Who-who are you?

Listen, this is not a plan that would

make sense to anybody except God.

You know, I gave up trying to figure

that out a long time ago.

I was born into a family deeply connected to

the US intelligence community.

My mother had been a cryptanalyst at the

army security agency at NSA

in World War II.

Her work product went to

president Roosevelt,

and to the secretary of war, Stimson,

and Cordell Hull, secretary of state.

My father was an airforce aviator who went to work for

contracts for the CIA and the airforce,

namely the Titan III-c, which put up the

CIA's keyhole spy satellite.

Uhm, at age 19,

when I was interning for LAPD,

I was pulled into the chief's office, because

somebody discovered I had a cue clearance.

I didn't know anything about it.

I went home and asked dad,

and he said, yeah, because you're my son

and they have to do that,

because I might leave my briefcase open.

But a cue was a secret, compartimentalized

clearance above top secret.

I went through UCLA as a republican,

who didn't like anything about the war in Vietnam,

who didn't like, uhm,

anything about government with this naive belief that you

can get inside the system and change it from the inside.

I became an LA policeman.

Worked in South Central, Los Angeles,

in the Jungle, and the CIA tried,

unofficially, to recruit me into an operation where

they were smuggling drugs into the country,

back in 1976, 1977.

And I wouldn't get involved in that.

You know, I thought, geez, this must be

an isolated incident of corruption.

This must be something that everybody's

gonna wanna try to correct right away.

And of course that was a mistake.

Basically, my life desintegrated because

I was betrayed by a woman who worked for CIA,

who was my fiance. And when I said I wouldn't

get involved in drugs, she disappeared,

and people started shooting at me.

And then, it was a matter of saving my life.

The tools which I acquired to save my life then,

which were, you know, writing letters to congressmen,

getting on the record,

trying to get newspaper stories written,

those were survival skills, but it was

also a part of learning how things worked.

I was a map maker, if you will, a cartographer.

Going out to try and map how

the world really worked,

as opposed to the way we were told it worked.

And the map that we had made,

has proved so startlingly accurate over 10 years,

whether they had to do with gold prices,

or geopolitical developments,

or economic events.

The only thing that amazes me, is the speed

with which things are falling apart.

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Michael Ruppert

Michael Craig Ruppert (February 3, 1951 – April 13, 2014) was an American writer and musician, Los Angeles Police Department officer, investigative journalist, political activist, and peak oil awareness advocate known for his 2004 book Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil.From 1999 until 2006, Ruppert edited and published From The Wilderness, a newsletter and website covering a range of topics including international politics, the CIA, peak oil, civil liberties, drugs, economics, corruption and the nature of the 9/11 conspiracy. It attracted 22,000 subscribers.Ruppert was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Collapse, which was based on his book A Presidential Energy Policy and received The New York Times' "critics pick". He served as president of Collapse Network, Inc. from early 2010 until he resigned in May 2012. He also hosted The Lifeboat Hour on Progressive Radio Network until his death in 2014.In 2014, Vice featured Ruppert in a 6-part series titled Apocalypse, Man, and a tribute album, Beyond the Rubicon was released by the band New White Trash, of which he had been a member. more…

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