This controversial video describes an alleged plot, backed by corporate leaders to overthrow the left-leaning government of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
During the 1934 investigation by the Special Committee on Un-American Activities (predecessor to HUAC), many questioned the veracity of the allegations by retired Marine Corps General Smedley Butler that a coup was imminent. No one was prosecuted.
At first, news media covered the story, but it was soon dismissed as not credible and even labelled a “gigantic hoax” by the New York Times.
But extensive excerpts from the committee report were never released and many believe that some sort of scheme had actually been afoot.