America's Book of Secrets

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Upcoming episodes

Sep 20th
300p

Deadly Cults

According to government statistics, there are an estimated 5,000 cults currently operating in the United States. And each year there are approximately 200,000 Americans who serve as secret--and, for the most part, willing--members. But just what are these cults? And what makes some so dangerous? We'll uncover the psychological allure of cults, their charismatic leaders and insidious methods of controlling their members. How do ordinary people become trapped in these fringe groups, apparently unable to leave? Led by compelling self-proclaimed prophets, cults are clandestine, influential and all too often, destructive. Are their goals religious, political or simply financial? How and why does the government monitor or intervene in some cults--yet seemingly turn a blind eye to other's secret and perhaps sinister agendas? Jonestown survivor Tim Carter remembers the last day of Peoples Temple, and the horrific aftermath.
Sep 20th
400p

Presidential Cover-Ups

The office of the President of the United States was designed to operate with greater transparency than any other world-leader... but how much do we really know about what goes on behind the doors of the Oval Office? This episode looks beyond the headlines to uncover the real stories behind the greatest White House scandals. What was President Nixon really trying to hide with the Watergate break-in? How much did President Reagan know about Iran-Contra? Why did Sandy Berger, President Clinton's National Security Advisor, remove documents from the National Archive? Did the Obama Administration know more about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi than they let on? Former presidential advisors, historians, and journalists will reveal how much secrecy exists within the White House and what methods presidents use to cover up their actions or establish "plausible deniability."
Sep 27th
300p

Drug Wars , The

This episode uncovers the conspiracies behind America's 40-year drug campaign. Why does the U.S. Government classify marijuana and heroin as equally dangerous drugs, and will the move by some states to legalize marijuana change the way this drug is viewed? Recent reports show that international banks are laundering billions of dollars in drug money--is it possible that the liquidity of the drug trade is actually keeping the fragile global economy afloat? Congressman Darell Issa connects the ill-conceived and secretive operation known as Fast & Furious to the explosion of violent drug cartels in Mexico. Former DEA officers Mike Levine and Celerino Castillo reveal allegations about secret drug running by the C.I.A. Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons questions the possibility that drug laws are strategically being enforced to control minority populations. Could these shocking allegations be true?
Sep 27th
400p

Mystery of Bigfoot

Bigfoot is everywhere you look, but why are so many millions of Americans obsessed with this mysterious man-ape? This episode sheds new light on some of the nation's darkest Sasquatch secrets. Recent discoveries of previously unknown hominids and breakthroughs in genetic technology have given a nation of Bigfoot believers new hope that this creature will be found, but what new technologies are being developed for this centuries-old hunt? We'll join Steve Kulls, the "Squatchdetective" on a nighttime expedition for Bigfoot plus gets a first look at "The Falcon Project" -- a revolutionary new air ship that plans on taking the hunt 3,000 feet up into the sky. But what are U.S. citizens legally allowed to do if they do happen to encounter a Bigfoot? The answer may surprise you!
Oct 4th
300p

Presidential Assassins

Over the last century there have been four successful presidential assassinations and a multitude of failed attempts. But do we know the real story behind these assassination plots? We'll look behind the headlines to the conspiracy theories that surround the most shocking murders in American History. What do John Wilkes Booth, Leon Czolgosz, Charles Guiteau, Lee Harvey Oswald and John Hinckley Jr. all have in common? According to experts, they were all mentally unstable. While this may explain their deranged obsession to kill the President, others believe this is evidence that all were patsies to a larger conspiracy. Former secret service agents reveal the secret methods used to safeguard the President of the United States. Bill O' Reilly reveals the elaborate conspiracy behind the murder of President Abraham Lincoln. And bestselling author Ronald Kessler examines whether an assassin could even infiltrate the Secret Service itself.
Oct 4th
400p

Lost Treasures

American treasure hunters are convinced that there are missing fortunes just waiting to be discovered all around the country. But is it a harmless hobby, or do treasure hunters find themselves locked in a battle with other searchers--or even the government? We'll investigate the deepest mysteries of missing millions. From secret stashes of Confederate gold bullion, to silver coins and antique weapons, treasure hunters are scouring the country for hidden clues that might lead them to untold riches. How do they decode encrypted treasure maps? In 1971, $200,000 went missing in America's only unsolved airplane hijacking. Can following the money help to uncover the true identity of mysterious hijacker D.B. Cooper? Could secret agreements with criminal art dealers help the FBI to solve America's biggest art heist? Is it possible that even our country's history is under threat from thieves and crooks?
Oct 4th
900p

Presidential Transports

They are the most advanced and heavily protected vehicles ever built--operated by technicians prepared for the worst. But behind the bullet proof glass and armored plating of the President's fleet of vehicles are secrets. Travel by land, sea and air to explore the special construction, elite training and secret weapons that protect the President when he's on the move. Who's in charge of the President's safety on Air Force One and Marine One? Why is the Presidential Limo called "the Beast"--and who gets to drive it? What kind of defensive and offensive capabilities does the Presidential bus, known as Ground Force One, have? No matter what form of transport, moving the President safely requires the utmost secrecy. Secrets that have remained untold...until now.
Oct 4th
1100p

Presidential Cover-Ups

The office of the President of the United States was designed to operate with greater transparency than any other world-leader... but how much do we really know about what goes on behind the doors of the Oval Office? This episode looks beyond the headlines to uncover the real stories behind the greatest White House scandals. What was President Nixon really trying to hide with the Watergate break-in? How much did President Reagan know about Iran-Contra? Why did Sandy Berger, President Clinton's National Security Advisor, remove documents from the National Archive? Did the Obama Administration know more about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi than they let on? Former presidential advisors, historians, and journalists will reveal how much secrecy exists within the White House and what methods presidents use to cover up their actions or establish "plausible deniability."
Oct 5th
1200a

Secret Service , The

They are an elite force of brave men and women who put their lives on the line. Their mission: to guard the most powerful person in the world. But just who are these American heroes? And what secrets are they protecting? This episode goes inside one of the most top-secret law enforcement agencies in the United States. But is there more to the Secret Service than just protecting America's greatest asset? And do recent scandals signify a growing problem within the ranks? Current director of the U.S. Secret Service, Julia Pierson, discusses the history of the agency and the growing threats against the office of the President. Former U.S. Secret Service special agent, Dan Bongino, reveals the grueling agency selection process and the psychology involved in assessing ever-present dangers. And Political Journalist, Marc Ambinder, examines the scandal in Cartagena, Columbia and how it has impacted the culture within the Secret Service.
Oct 5th
1000p

American Terrorists

Political dissidents... armed to kill. Sociopathic outsiders... harboring hatred. Religious zealots... plotting mass destruction. And all of them hiding in plain sight. But just who are these killers in our midst and is there any way to stop them? This episode delves into the world of terrorism on American soil and reveals how authorities are working to stop these radical groups. Deputy Chief of LAPD Counter Terrorism Michael Downing reveals terrorists recruiting tactics in American prisons. Former Sergeant of the Massachusetts State Police Sean Murphy recounts the manhunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers. And journalist Laura Sullivan describes how today's new terrorists may be as close as your next-door neighbor. With an estimated tens of thousands of terrorists operating in the United States, can Americans ever reclaim the peace and security that was once taken for granted? Is there any chance of winning the so-called "war on terror?"