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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...
Spy Culture - 2017-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Goldeneye is possibly the best of the Pierce Brosnan James Bond films, but like two others in the Brosnan period it relied on US military support. This entailed the Pentagon reviewing the script and demanding two changes - one political, one promotional - in exchange for helping to shoot one...

Spy Culture - 2017-04-03 - Original post - cached version

In this month's subscriber-only podcast Pearse and I discuss the 1986 TV movie Under Siege. Co-written by former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on the surface this is a liberal take on the Reagan White House, but underneath is a profoundly neoconservative film. When terrorists attack...

Spy Culture - 2017-03-30 - Original post - cached version
In our latest dissection of season 6 of Homeland, I joined Pearse on Porkins Policy Radio to discuss the latest few episodes. With the revelation that Dar Adal has been running a sock puppet click farm to manipulate US public opinion, Homeland has dragged this season right up to date. It is no...
Spy Culture - 2017-03-26 - Original post - cached version
Beginning a new series on the history of Al Qaeda, this week I provide the basis for what's coming in the next several episodes. What is or was Al Qaeda? Four distinct models have been proposed to try to answer this question so I outline each, drawing on the works of Rohan Gunaratna, Jason Burke...
Spy Culture - 2017-03-21 - Original post - cached version
From the Donald Trump school of naming things came The Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World, a 1965 spoof of the James Bond movies. Like many 1960s spy thrillers The Second Best Secret Agent was on the radar of the CIA.

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Spy Culture - 2017-03-19 - Original post - cached version
In 1980 the BBC's documentary series Panorama began developing an episode on British intelligence. This was the first of its kind, at least by such a prominent and respected series, but both the central government and the intelligence agencies were not happy. Over a period of several months they...
Spy Culture - 2017-03-16 - Original post - cached version
In the summer of 1980 the BBC's flagship documentary series Panorama was developing a TV special about British intelligence. This was the first film of its kind, and perhaps unsurprisingly Thatcher's government was not happy about it. Downing Street put pressure on the film-makers via BBC...
Spy Culture - 2017-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Richard Whiteley is best known for presenting the popular afternoon quiz show Countdown, and Ricky Tomlinson is best known for starring in the popular sitcom The Royle Family. Back in the 1970s things were very different. This week we examine Tomlinson's recent allegation that Whiteley was a...

Spy Culture - 2017-03-08 - Original post - cached version
I recently acquired some decades-old Pentagon directives and instructions. These documents formed the basis for DOD policy in their engagement with the entertainment industry, establishing a range of conflicting criteria for the military's liaisons with film and TV producers. This provided them...
Spy Culture - 2017-03-07 - Original post - cached version

It is with some pride that I can announce that the American Journal of Economics and Sociology has today published an edition featuring not just one, not just one and a half but two articles that I wrote. The latest issue of AJES focuses on the role of the CIA and DOD in Hollywood and...

Spy Culture - 2017-03-05 - Original post - cached version
In this month’s subscriber podcast I talk about the Pentagon’s database on their collaboration with Hollywood – what it is, how I got it and what it contains. I highlight some of the more provocative and politically relevant entries and provide details on how the Pentagon rewrote elements of films...
Spy Culture - 2017-03-03 - Original post - cached version
This week I joined Pearse on his radio show to revisit the 1993 WTC bombing, in light of the recent anniversary and the death of former CIA asset the Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.

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Spy Culture - 2017-03-02 - Original post - cached version

While I have written about 1973 thriller Scorpio before, documents made available on the CIA CREST database shed new light on this, the first movie to film at Langley. The CIA were not just spying on media coverage of the film as it developed but also had assets within the MPAA keeping an eye...

Spy Culture - 2017-02-26 - Original post - cached version

Pearse and I were recently invited onto Black Op Radio with Len Osanic to talk about The CIA and Hollywood. We mostly discussed Ed Lansdale's involvement in The Quiet American (1958), which butchered the original book in part as a result of Lansdale's influence on writer/director Joseph...

Spy Culture - 2017-02-22 - Original post - cached version
In 1953, in the early weeks of the Eisenhower administration, the CIA conducted an operation to alter the content of Hollywood films to help promote positive images of America to foreign audiences. A series of letters addressed to a CIA officer named 'Owen' were written by an executive at...
Spy Culture - 2017-02-19 - Original post - cached version

Nightcrawler is one of those rare films that is beautifully written, very well executed and is about something that actually matters. It tells the story of Lou Bloom, a young man in poverty-struck Los Angeles who gets into nightcrawling - filming violent crimes and accidents and selling the...

Spy Culture - 2017-02-18 - Original post - cached version

Die Another Day is widely considered to be one of the worst James Bond films ever made. It's the one with the invisible car in the ice cave and Halle Berry. The production got limited supported from the US Marine Corps, who recently released a short folder to me from their entertainment...

Spy Culture - 2017-02-12 - Original post - cached version
Why do we censor films? Intuitively we all know the answer to this question - because there are some things we don't want to see on the screen. In this episode we examine film censorship, focusing primarily on the treatment of cinematic violence by the MPAA and BBFC. Using Walter Benjamin's...
Spy Culture - 2017-02-08 - Original post - cached version

Paranoid thriller Enemy of the State provoked such a reaction within the NSA that they instigated a large PR campaign to counter public perceptions of a surveillance agency running wild. NSA emails show that even while the movie was being made, agency employees were unhappy about the...

Spy Culture - 2017-02-07 - Original post - cached version
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In 1969 the CIA obtained a copy of The CIA, a screenplay being developed at Universal Studios, written by William Woodfield and Allan Balter. Woodfield and Balter were perhaps best known for writing the TV series of Mission: Impossible, until they had a well-publicised falling out...

Spy Culture - 2017-02-06 - Original post - cached version

The Twentieth Day in January was published in 1980 and tells the story of an MI6 officer discovering that the Russian government is blackmailing the incoming president. In this subscriber-only podcast we take a look at the book and dwell a little on its implications, and I offer my views on...

Spy Culture - 2017-02-05 - Original post - cached version

Julian of The Mind Renewed invited me back onto his show to discuss the link between false flag terrorism and training exercises. While this is usually talked about in a very simplistic and historically ignorant way, the method of using a drill or training exercise to cover for a black...

Spy Culture - 2017-01-31 - Original post - cached version

On the face of it former CIA officer, Watergate burglar and confessed JFK assassin E Howard Hunt shouldn't have had much to do with former MPAA president Jack Valenti. They both served in WW2 (Hunt in the OSS, Valenti in the Army Air Forces) and both died in 2007. They may both have been...

Spy Culture - 2017-01-29 - Original post - cached version
Jack Valenti was a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, a consultant to the State Department and the third head of the MPAA. In this episode we look at his life, focusing in two key areas - the introduction of the film classification ratings system and Valenti's connections with the CIA...
Spy Culture - 2017-01-25 - Original post - cached version

Covert Affairs was a not particularly original spy series telling the tale of an attractive young woman who is thrust into the world of CIA black operations. It lasted for five seasons, mostly because it starred Piper Perabo and people like Piper Perabo. Perabo's character Annie Walker is...

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