The Reagan Method

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Publication.png The Reagan Method IMDBRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Publication date2014
Author(s)Dirk Pohlmann
SubjectsPsychological Warfare,  Industrial Espionage,  False Flag,  Olof Palme
Interest of• James Lyons
• National Underwater Reconnaissance Office
• The Bombers Affair (Luxembourg)
A groundbreaking documentary which puts a huge amount of Cold War psychological warfare in context

The Reagan Method is a film from 2014 which exposes several false flag and psychological warfare operations in the 1980s.

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The documentary has 3 parts.

Part 1 deals with industrial sabotage in the USSR, including the explosion in the main Soviet gas pipeline to Europe.

Then it goes on to describe several high risk military operations to convince the Soviets of US military superiority, including by electronic camouflage methods managing to send a strike fleet to surprisingly show up just outside the main Soviet naval base - almost convincing the Soviets leadership a WW3 was starting.

Part 2 describes the use of submarines under false flag to topple the neutral Swedish government. After a Soviet submarine grounded in Swedish waters in 1982, US President Ronald Reagan's Deception Committee used the chance to start an extensive false flag operation against the Social Democrat Swedish Government. Over several years, and with collaboration from high ranking people in the Swedish Navy, there were reported several hundred sightings of periscopes and other parts of mystery submarines. The default assumption in media was Soviet submarines, and the Swedish Admiralty did everything to keep up that perception, deeply embarrassing the Swedish government and its international peace efforts.

Only later,after the end of the Cold War, did US and British senior officials casually admit that this was a psychological warfare operation under false flag. These officials are interviewed again for the documentary.

Part 3 puts this on context with the 1986 assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.

Media Reception

Apart from its first broadcasts on the French/German TV-channel ARTE in 2014, the documentary was little commented on in commercially-controlled media. Despite having made a dozen documentaries for mainstream TV before, per 2019 director Dirk Pohlmann has not received any more offers to make documentaries for television.

The Swedish government channel SVT bought the film, but hesitated to broadcast it. Originally the channel envisaged it to be followed by a long rebuttal by the Swedish government, but eventually decided not to air the documentary at all.

Interview Objects

John F. Lehman Jr. US Secretary of the Navy; Admiral James Lyons; Keith Speed UK Navy Minister; Ola Frithiofson; Ulf Svensson; Ola Tunander; Mikhail Gorbachev; US National Security Councilor Thomas C. Reed; US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger

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