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Spy Culture - 2017-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Good friend Aaron invited Matt and I on his show to discuss our new book National Security Cinema. We talked about the Pentagon's habit of civilianization - where controversial elements of the script are changed so they don't apply or connect to the military - and why the DOD are so paranoid...

Spy Culture - 2017-07-23 - Original post - cached version
On August 7th 1998 two almost identical truck bombs exploded outside the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In this episode we look at the embassy bombings, their genesis and consequences. From the role of triple agent Ali Mohamed to the absurd circumstances of the...
Spy Culture - 2017-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Robbie Martin invited Matt and I onto Media Roots to talk about our new book National Security Cinema. We discussed a lot of the core material - the scripts changes and political censorship enforced by the Pentagon and CIA - we spent much of this discussion looking at the industry as a whole...

Spy Culture - 2017-07-18 - Original post - cached version
Hrvoje Moric invited me onto his podcast Geopolitics and Empire to talk about our new book National Security Cinema.  We get into the difficulties of researching this topic, how Matt and I managed to break through the veil of secrecy to make public this information about government manipulation of...
Spy Culture - 2017-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Doug McKenty of The Shift invited me on his show to talk about my new book National Security Cinema. We discussed the process by which the CIA and DOD support films, and how this enables them to have considered influence over the scripts, before getting into the issue of how we can best...

Spy Culture - 2017-07-16 - Original post - cached version
The Al Qaeda training manual ‘Military Studies in Jihad Against the Tyrants’ is one of the most important documents in the history of the terrorist gang. Perhaps more than any other artefact it encompasses the absurd contradictions of the War on Terror – people have been convicted for owning a...
Spy Culture - 2017-07-13 - Original post - cached version
While Hollywood is generally supportive of the government - and of the military in particular - the Pentagon faces a problem. In order to stand out from the crowd and make their screenplays a bit different to the usual schlock, screenwriters like to include subversive elements and aspects, even...
Spy Culture - 2017-07-11 - Original post - cached version

The latest reports from the US Army's entertainment liaison office brings us almost up to date on their activities, which includes support to everything from the film Jackie to History Channel documentaries and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. One continued theme is the military support not just for...

Spy Culture - 2017-07-09 - Original post - cached version
In this month’s subscriber-only podcast I talk about some of my recent FOIA escapades, including my attempts to track down the 2nd Pentagon-Hollywood database.  The existence of this second database was revealed to me by the Marine Corps communications office, but both the Marine Corps and the...
Spy Culture - 2017-07-05 - Original post - cached version
Newly-released reports from the US Army's entertainment liaison office show that they maintain a close and friendly relationship with Warner Bros., enabling them to get involved at early stages of major films and wield considerable influence over their content. While Warner have a reputation for...
Spy Culture - 2017-07-02 - Original post - cached version

National Security Cinema is a new book that uses over 4,000 pages of documents to reveal government censorship and propaganda in Hollywood. From the Pentagon's rewriting of James Bond to the CIA's manipulation of Meet the Parents this is the biggest and best book ever written about military-...

Spy Culture - 2017-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Good friend Pearse Redmond invited Matt and I on his radio show to talk about our new book National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood. We discussed the new evidence that provoked us into writing this book, looked at some of the case studies...

Spy Culture - 2017-06-28 - Original post - cached version
In 1988 CIA director William Webster attended the Bohemian Grove, where he gave a lakeside talk about intelligence matters. His speech, now available to the public for the first time, is both amusing and at times shocking. From Tom Clancy to a voyeuristic child who wanted to join the Agency,...
Spy Culture - 2017-06-25 - Original post - cached version
What if I told you that the same man trained Meir Kahane’s killer, the World Trade Center bombers, the African embassy bombers and Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguards? What if this man was a member of the Egyptian Army unit that assassinated Anwar Sadat, and was a translator and close associate of Ayman...
Spy Culture - 2017-06-21 - Original post - cached version
In 1985 the CIA produced an analysis of the French arm of the New Left - the early post-Marxist intellectual movement. Somewhat bizarrely the Agency were broadly in favour of this new movement because it provided less resistance to US goals both in France specifically, and in the world more...
Spy Culture - 2017-06-18 - Original post - cached version
The conventional explanation of how Yugoslavia 'fell apart' is that ethnic and religious tensions led to civil wars, necessitating the breakup of the country into a series of smaller states. The reality is that Yugoslavia was knowingly and willingly destroyed by NATO, with Al Qaeda playing a...
Spy Culture - 2017-06-16 - Original post - cached version
Once more I joined Pearse Redmond on Porkins Policy Radio to discuss recent developments: The Reality Winner NSA leak story, Chelsea Manning and Dennis Rodman's latest trip to North Korea to visit his good friend Kim Jong-un.

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Spy Culture - 2017-06-14 - Original post - cached version
Newly released reports from the US Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office confirm their continuing influence over the political content of the productions they support and refer to a mysterious event called the 'Alaska CLT'. The role of the Science and Entertainment Exchange - technically a non-...
Spy Culture - 2017-06-11 - Original post - cached version
Pearse Redmond joins us to discuss the TV series Billions, which mixes elements of legal thrillers, human drama, sexual fetishes, 9/11 insider trading and deep politics. We examine the characters in the film and how they are metaphors for the philosophical conflict at the heart of American...
Spy Culture - 2017-06-07 - Original post - cached version
Winston the police horse was named after Winston Churchill, having joined the Met in the 1940s. He featured in numerous royal events, ridden by both King George and princess and then Queen Elizabeth during the Trooping the Colour ceremonies in the 40s and early 50s. Winston was also the subject...
Spy Culture - 2017-06-06 - Original post - cached version
The Intercept recently published a leaked NSA report describing a cyberattack presumed to be carried out by Russia military intelligence. While many have seen this as the confirming proof that Trump only got elected because of Putin the truth is a lot more complicated. It seems the leaker wanted...
Spy Culture - 2017-06-05 - Original post - cached version

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I review the TV series Braindead, which is about an invading army of extraterrestrial bugs who burrow into people's heads and eat their brains. On top of this comic-horror there is a lot of well-observed satire about the polarised political climate we'...

Spy Culture - 2017-06-04 - Original post - cached version
A mini-documentary I made about the terror attacks on London Bridge and in Borough market last night, and how they fit into a pattern throughout this election campaign. I summarise events over the last few months, their political relevance and why the conventional explanations do not fit with...
Spy Culture - 2017-05-31 - Original post - cached version

The James Bond films, like the books on which they are based, have always pushed the boundaries of acceptable portraits of sex and violence. Documents from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) show how for Thunderball they reviewed the script, recommending many changes if the film...

Spy Culture - 2017-05-27 - Original post - cached version
The bombing in Manchester this week was an especially horrific act of terrorism. 22 people were killed and dozens more were injured – many of whom were children or teenagers who were exiting an Ariana Grande concert. This week I examine some of the questions I have about this bombing, and outline...
Spy Culture - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version
In post-war Britain the Metropolitan Police were concerned about how they were being portrayed in films so they instituted a policy of vetting film scripts. However, they were concerned that by seeking a more public profile and engaging with the film industry that they would lose the 'aura of...
Spy Culture - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version
After the 9/11 attacks we were told that no one could have predicted that terrorists would hijack planes and use them as missiles against buildings. This lie quickly fell apart when it emerged that NORAD – the US air defence command – had run training exercises in the years and months leading up...
Spy Culture - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version
In 1961 the FBI conducted a brief investigation into Lieutenant Frank Drebin, better known as actor Leslie Nielsen. A request arrived from the Canadian authorities so the Bureau found the women they mentioned and asked her about Nielsen, who she said she hadn't seen in over a decade. Another day...
Spy Culture - 2017-05-16 - Original post - cached version
The Bureau recently released some documents on Prince in response to FOIA requests from numerous media outlets, including Spy Culture. In the last few days Jezebel, Vanity Fair and other major outlets have reported on this, but at the time of writing it appears MuckRock have yet to receive their...
Spy Culture - 2017-05-14 - Original post - cached version
The Bojinka plot was one of the most imaginative and potentially devastating terrorist plans ever. Conceived by Ramzi Yousef it centred around a scheme to blow up 10-12 airliners simultaneously, killing thousands of people, but it also included an assassination attempt on the Pope and crashing a...
Spy Culture - 2017-05-12 - Original post - cached version
Aaron and Uncle invited me back onto their show to provide expert analysis on the mysterious and worrying situation concerning rogue logos infiltrating Uncle the Podcast.  In this special Broadcast Against Tyranny we discuss why itunes displays the wrong logo for UTP and my discovery that a...
Spy Culture - 2017-05-11 - Original post - cached version

Code names, vehicle searches, non-disclosure agreements, escorts for foreign nationals - when the producers of Star Trek: Into Darkness wanted to film at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, they probably weren't expecting this. Newly-released Dept. of Energy documents show the absurd...

Spy Culture - 2017-05-08 - Original post - cached version
In this special bonus episode of ClandesTime we look at the theory that World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef was an agent of Iraqi intelligence. This theory, put forward by neoconservative analyst Laurie Mylroie, contributed to the false idea that Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s government were...
Spy Culture - 2017-05-07 - Original post - cached version
Ramzi Yousef is an international man of mystery who is currently serving a 240-year sentence in a Supermax prison for bombing the World Trade Center. He is the first of two major figures we have not looked at yet in our exploration of the WTC93 bombing, the other is Ali Mohamed who we will get to...
Spy Culture - 2017-05-04 - Original post - cached version

Arnon Milchan is the Hollywood mogul behind films as diverse as JFK, Pretty Woman, Brazil, Fight Club, LA Confidential and Alvin and the Chipmunks. He was also an Israeli spy involved in smuggling equipment for the development of nuclear weapons. Milchan has spoken publicly about his role in...

Spy Culture - 2017-05-02 - Original post - cached version
The FBI's involvement in Hollywood began in the early 1930s - before it was even called the FBI. In 1933 MGM approached the Bureau about producing a series of short films based on real-life criminal cases. They were provided access to Bureau files and in exchange agreed to let J Edgar Hoover...
Spy Culture - 2017-05-01 - Original post - cached version

I joined Pearse and Chuck Ochelli to talk about the upsurge of violent protests, fisticuffs and other quasi-revolutionary activity that has dominated headlines recently. This was a completely unprepared, unscripted conversation but the theme that kept coming up was the devolution or...

Spy Culture - 2017-04-30 - Original post - cached version

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I look at the notion that Hollywood is a liberal propaganda machine supported by the government. Looking through the reports of the Pentagon's Entertainment Liaison Offices I find examples where a socially and politically conservative agenda, not a...

Spy Culture - 2017-04-28 - Original post - cached version

A new report by Facebook's Threat Intelligence team says that the site is rife with fake accounts spreading fake news stories for political, social, cultural and economic reasons. Viewers of the recent season of Homeland will be thinking 'no shit'. Then they'll be thinking 'wait, Facebook...

Spy Culture - 2017-04-27 - Original post - cached version

2002's The Sum of All Fears was the fourth major film adaptation of Tom Clancy's spy novels and perhaps the most visually spectacular. The part where terrorists nuke the Super Bowl, destroying Baltimore in the process, is one of the best nuking-a-city scenes ever committed to film. Recently...

Spy Culture - 2017-04-25 - Original post - cached version

In early 2009 independent film makers Jon Stevens and Frank Jones approached the US Marine Corps entertainment liaison office with a request to review their comedy script Beverly Hills Marine, set during Operation Desert Storm. In response to a FOIA request the USMC provided me a copy of the...

Spy Culture - 2017-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Or How I learned to stop worrying because The Avengers accidentally created a conspiracy theory. Conspiracy theorists gone done it again. Having learned abso-fucking-lutely nothing from the Jade Helm nonsense, the 2012 Olympics hype and the predictions of a New World Order false flag to stop...

Spy Culture - 2017-04-23 - Original post - cached version
This week we take a look at TRADEBOM, the FBI's investigation into the World Trade Center bombing. We examine how the case broke after one of the bombers foolishly went back to the rental company to try to get a refund on the van they had blown up. Then we look at some of the problems the FBI...
Spy Culture - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Uncle and Aaron invited me back to drink Hoegaarden and discuss the movie Air Force One. This typically chaotic discussion focused on how the Air Force rewrote parts of the film in exchange for their support, why Hoegaarden reminds me of happy times, and how terrorists open locked doors on...

Spy Culture - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version
In our final analysis and review for Homeland season 6 Pearse and I dissect the last two episodes, looking at the shifting loyalties and role reversals around the attempted assassination of the president-elect. We look at how Homeland has latched onto a number of ideas that have become popular in...
Spy Culture - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version
In 1981 White House aide Joe Holmes contacted the CIA as part of his scheme to encourage the production of 'pro-hero' movies and TV series. A Hollywood studio wanted CIA assistance for a spy film but CIA Director Bill Casey refused the request. Internal Agency memos reveal that they were...
Spy Culture - 2017-04-16 - Original post - cached version
The WTC bombing in 1993 was a massive embarrassment for the Bureau. It emerged at the resulting trials that the Bureau had an informant deep within the Al Kifah group, but fired him months before the bombing took place. This week we take a closer look at Emad Salem, the former Egyptian...
Spy Culture - 2017-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Executive Action is perhaps the most famous conspiracy thriller about the John Kennedy assassination, with the exception of Oliver Stone's JFK. Recently released CIA records in the CREST database show that they were keeping an eye the production and how it was being received. The articles...

Spy Culture - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

The 1973 ITV documentary The Red Under the Bed helped convict the Shrewsbury 24 by accusing them of being communists for their role in leading the 1972 Building Workers Strike. A file from the office of then-Prime Minister Ted Heath confirms that the documentary was not just encouraged by the...

Spy Culture - 2017-04-09 - Original post - cached version
The Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was an Egyptian cleric who played a critical role in the early years of Al Qaeda. Rahman and his followers took over the New York branch of the MAK, an international fundraising and recruiting organisation that was central to the CIA's Operation Cyclone. His...

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