American civilian peace protester in USA, Iraq and Latin America 1980s-2006
REEL 1 Background in US, 1925-1980s: reason for deferment from service during Second World War; joining of Navy, 1944; summary of wartime service; help gained in receiving education; memories of the Great Depression; reason for joining Navy; duties in 8th Naval District Headquarters; reaction to attack on Pearl Harbour, 7/12/1941; theories about terrorist attacks in US, 11/9/2001; civilian work in aviation with Branniff and Ozark airlines. Aspects of period as civilian peace protester in US, Iraq and Latin America, 1980s-2006: world travel on business including concerns raised about US foreign policy while in India and Latin American countries; details of visit to Cuba; US relationship with Cuba including political beliefs; discussion of US capitalism and welfare; further details of effects of US foreign policy.
REEL 2 Continues: impact of IMF and World Bank loans; story of visit to hospital in Basra; massacres carried out by US- trained troops in Central America; discussion of US need to have an enemy including events leading to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; discussion of gas attacks in Northern Iraq; US aid to Kurd and Shi'ite Iraqis.
REEL 3 Continues: opinion of reasons behind terrorist attacks in US, 11/9/2001, and expectation of larger future attacks; further theories about 11/9/2001 terrorist attacks including details of 7 World Trade Centre's collapse aka Building 7; support for conspiracy theories about 11/9/2001 terrorist attacks; discussion of US Government's reaction to the attacks; reason why Deraps believes he is a terrorist; details of the Project for the New American Century; details of American takeover of Iraqi oil industry; effects of inter- war sanctions and bombing on Iraq as witnessed in 2001.
REEL 4 Continues: state of Basra; health of civilians; history of US use of depleted uranium including in weapons during and after 1991 Gulf War; details of explosion of Fort Falcon in Iraq, 10/2006, and the aftermath; effects of depleted uranium use in US; plans for campaign during run-up to 2008 Presidential Election Campaign; concerns over possible monitoring of telephone calls and plans for detention centres; story of fake White House letter written to People's Weekly World and reply from White House despite it not being published.
REEL 5 Continues: background and army service of grandson, Leon Deraps, including death in Fallujah, Iraq, 2006; details of funeral; subsequent relationship with parents of Leon Deraps; memories of Leon Deraps including changes before and after army training; details of boot camp training including examples of chants; discussion of activities of US troops in Iraq; reasons for independent stance in anti-war activities including membership of Veterans for Peace; attendance and activities at protests; respect gained through being a veteran; reactions to 2006 United States midterm elections including involvement in campaigning; discussion of US media since 11/9/2001.
REEL 6 Continues: discussion of US media since 11/9/2001; watching of Al-Jazeera; research of international situation; discussion of support for war in US; opinion of method of dealing with terrorist threat; attempts to stop young people joining armed services; reduction in number of black volunteers since 2003.