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Spy Culture - 2018-10-16 - Original post - cached version
2003's The Core is widely regarded as a piece of schlock, but with a sense of humour. It is certainly one the least realistic films the US military has ever supported, featuring a small craft that drills into the Earth's core so a team of scientists can nuke the core, get it spinning again and...
The Duran - 2018-10-11 - Original post - cached version

Authored by Lauren Smith:

Social media and Google serve three strategic purposes for the U.S. government. First, they allow Washington to conduct espionage; second, they facilitate the spread of disinformation campaigns, and third, they serve as conduits for the transmission of...

Spy Culture - 2018-10-07 - Original post - cached version
To unsuspecting movie audiences Pitch Perfect 3 is a piece of lighthearted family-friendly entertainment to be enjoyed and then forgotten almost immediately. Lurking beneath this neutrally-toned surface lies a work of military recruitment propaganda, intelligently crafted to appeal to demographics...
Spy Culture - 2018-10-04 - Original post - cached version
MPAA President Jack Valenti maintained a long and friendly relationship with various branches of the US government, not least the Department of Defense.  He also harbored lifelong ambitions, including to be buried among America’s military heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.  The DOD recently...
Spy Culture - 2018-09-26 - Original post - cached version
Pitch Perfect 3 appears on the surface to be a family-friendly piece of lighthearted, forgettable entertainment. But beneath that surface lies a carefully-crafted piece of military PR, aimed at recruiting people the DOD usually finds it hard to attract. Documents recently released by the US Air...
Spy Culture - 2018-09-23 - Original post - cached version
Most government agencies sign contracts with Hollywood producers when they agree to provide support on a film or TV show. These are called Production Assistance Agreements, and set out the legal terms of the partnership between the government and the production company. In this episode I explore...
Spy Culture - 2018-09-22 - Original post - cached version
Going back through some documents released by the Army on the Transformers films I noticed that some of the notes weren't script notes from pre-production, but were production notes from while Transformers: Dark of the Moon was filming. They show that sometimes the Pentagon continues to rewrite...
Spy Culture - 2018-09-21 - Original post - cached version
Two and a half  years ago I asked the US Navy for various documents relating to their work with the entertainment industry, including the Production Assistance Agreements they sign with Hollywood producers.  After over a year’s delay they responded saying that they don’t keep any copies of these...
Spy Culture - 2018-09-17 - Original post - cached version
As part of their outreach efforts the Air Force's entertainment liaison office has started running annual tours for dozens of Hollywood bigshots. Recently released documents detail last year's tour to US Space Command. In this focus episode I go through the documents page-by-page as an open source...
Spy Culture - 2018-09-11 - Original post - cached version
The US Space Force took one step closer to becoming a hyperreality when nearly 40 major Hollywood players went on an 'Industry Leader Tour' of US Space Command. Newly-released documents show that in the summer of 2017 dozens of writers, producers and executives signed up to participate in tour of...
Spy Culture - 2018-09-07 - Original post - cached version
The US military has a drinking problem, but like most of its problems it's OK because the entertainment liaison offices are there to make sure Hollywood doesn't draw attention to it. From episodes of Wonder Woman through to blockbuster films, scenes of services members drinking have been edited...
Media Monarchy - 2018-08-27 - Original post - cached version

McCain mutiny, echo chamber and 'The Empire Files' shutdown + this day in history w/the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan and our song of the day by Atreyu on your Morning Monarchy for August 27, 2018.

Spy Culture - 2018-08-26 - Original post - cached version
The military legal drama Rules of Engagement is perhaps the greatest modern example of racist, warmongering propaganda. Unsurprisingly, it benefited from full Pentagon support, in exchange for numerous script changes. The film was eerily prescient, foreshadowing two terrorist attacks in Yemen, and...
Spy Culture - 2018-08-23 - Original post - cached version
Rules of Engagement is notable for being possibly the most violent, racist, colonialist film Hollywood has made since the end of the Cold War.  It pre-empted two real life terrorist attacks in Yemen including one on the US embassy.  The film was produced with close co-operation from the DOD,...
Spy Culture - 2018-08-22 - Original post - cached version
Marvel have enjoyed a long-running and mutually beneficial relationship with the Pentagon, but there was a falling out during production of The Avengers (2012).  On this month’s subscriber-only podcast I examine two of the MCU films that immediately followed this argument – Iron Man 3 and Captain...
Spy Culture - 2018-08-05 - Original post - cached version
The American President is a romantic comedy set in the White House, set against a backdrop of political issues that are still part of our public conversation. In this episode I analyse the film's politics of nostalgia, its idealisation of the liberal agenda, and its promotion of the military and...
Spy Culture - 2018-08-03 - Original post - cached version
A recently-released syllabus for the US Naval Academy’s course FP130: American Government and Constitutional Development includes a section that advises students to watch and learn from the 1995 romantic comedy The American President.  Bizarrely, the scene does not involve the military or foreign...
Spy Culture - 2018-07-31 - Original post - cached version
In March 2016 I submitted a request to the US Navy for copies of entertainment liaison office reports, script notes and production assistance agreements. Over a hundred emails and three appeals later they have finally released some script notes to me, but the document is almost entirely redacted...
Spy Culture - 2018-06-19 - Original post - cached version
For the last few weeks I’ve been working a research project on how the Pentagon’s entertainment liaison offices deal with the subjects of military mental health and suicide.  Today the fruits of that research were published by Insurge Intelligence, a crowdfunded journalism platform run by Nafeez...
Spy Culture - 2018-06-17 - Original post - cached version
A year ago I published the book National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood.  On this month’s subscriber podcast I reflect on the success of the book, its impact on media coverage of the topic of government influence on entertainment and the plans for a...
Spy Culture - 2018-06-10 - Original post - cached version
This week I am joined by long-time 9/11 researcher and activist Jon Gold, to talk about his new book We Were Lied to About 9/11. We discuss Jon’s experiences both of the 9/11 attacks and of his years of research and activism, along with the legacy of the ‘truth movement’ and why Jon’s approach is...
Media Monarchy - 2018-06-05 - Original post - cached version

Cloud push, credit crash and algorithm advice + this day in history w/the start of the Six Day War and our song of the day by Gorillaz on your Morning Monarchy for June 5, 2018.

Spy Culture - 2018-05-27 - Original post - cached version
In 1995 the Pentagon supported an episode of the popular sitcom Home Improvement, where Tim and Jill get to drive tanks at a Marine base. This week we take a deep dive into this episode, its feminist subtext, and the DOD’s political censorship of the script, courtesy of a file from an archive in...
Spy Culture - 2018-03-19 - Original post - cached version
I was recently invited onto the Rory O'Connor podcast to talk about National Security Cinema, the research methods we employed to get the information and documents, and the difference between the DOD and the CIA's approaches to Hollywood.

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Spy Culture - 2018-03-18 - Original post - cached version
On this month’s subscriber-only podcast I talk about my new job and why it means I’ve been unable to produce much content recently, and about the US Air Force’s competition to name the in-development B-21 strategic bomber. From the Trumpnator to Bomby McPlaneFace, a lot of the suggestions are very...
Spy Culture - 2018-03-06 - Original post - cached version
Professor CJ invited me onto his Dangerous History Podcast recently to discuss the research behind National Security Cinema, what we found, and what it means. We talk about conspiracy theories, how I got into this line of research, what methods I employed, the nature of the entertainment liaison...
Spy Culture - 2018-03-04 - Original post - cached version
From racism and sexism to the military-industrial complex, the politics both within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and surrounding it here in the real world are a constant source of news stories and controversy. This week we look at how the world’s biggest film franchise is both the source and the...
Spy Culture - 2018-02-27 - Original post - cached version
David Sirota invited me onto his podcast to talk about National Security Cinema and how the DOD and CIA secretly shape pop culture. This was a rapid-fire conversation where we got into examples of political censorship by government agencies, the operations of the entertainment liaison offices,...
Spy Culture - 2018-02-19 - Original post - cached version
Keelan Balderson invited me back onto the WideShut Webcast to chat about the research that went into National Security Cinema, as well as the response and reception the book has enjoyed.  We get quite deeply into the notion that the CIA are cultivating a ‘bad boy image’ through Hollywood, and how...
Spy Culture - 2018-02-01 - Original post - cached version
Pearse invited me back onto Porkins Policy Radio to chat about my research into the little-known Science and Entertainment Exchange.  We discussed how SEEX got started, their stated mission and aims and how they contrast sharply with what SEEX actually does, their ability to influence scripts and...
Spy Culture - 2018-01-07 - Original post - cached version
The Science and Entertainment Exchange (or SEEX) has consulted on over 1300 films and TV shows in less than 10 years, but outside of Hollywood few people know who they are and what they do. This week we pull back the curtain to look at their activities and their agenda. Are they merely concerned...
Spy Culture - 2018-01-03 - Original post - cached version
Officially, the Science and Entertainment Exchange (or SEEX) is the outreach program of the National Academy of Sciences – a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit honorific body who give awards and the like.  In reality it is a government-funded entertainment liaison office who work closely...
Spy Culture - 2017-12-10 - Original post - cached version
Lone Survivor is one of very few recent DOD-supported films that is based on real events from the war on terror.  In a period where the Pentagon is more interested in Transformers and superhero movies, Lone Survivor is an exception.  Reports from the military Hollywood offices called it ‘a two...
Porkins Policy Review - 2017-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Ryan Carey joins me once again to explore the strange world of comic books. We begin by looking at freelance comic writer Nick Spencer and his Nazi Captain America story-line. Ryan gives us an overview of Spencer’s reboot which has Captain America as a secret Nazi working for the evil “Hydra”...

Spy Culture - 2017-10-11 - Original post - cached version

Following their on-screen debut in the James Bond movies, and their quiet support for Thunderball, the CIA under Richards Helms adopted a more pro-active approach to Hollywood. They began spying on movie scripts depicting the CIA and considering requests from film-makers for official support...

Spy Culture - 2017-10-08 - Original post - cached version
The book of Ecclesiastes tells us, ‘The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.’ Even the idea that there is nothing new is thousands of years old. This week we’re going to look at why Hollywood...
Porkins Policy Review - 2017-10-03 - Original post - cached version

From Uncle The Podcast:

Tom Secker of Spyculture.com and Pearse Redmond of PorkinsPolicyReview.com join us again for a movie review. The 1986 classic Top Gun is looked over with a fine toothed comb. Be sure to listen to this podcast to learn more about the movie than you ever...

Spy Culture - 2017-10-03 - Original post - cached version

Aaron and Uncle invited both Pearse and myself onto Uncle the Podcast for this one-of-a-kind review of Top Gun, possibly the best piece of military propaganda ever made. Despite being a promotion for the military, all four of us love the movie and we extol the virtues of the soundtrack, the...

Spy Culture - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version
Chris Cook invited me back on Gorilla Radio to continue our conversation on all things spy-related. We talked about some of the differences between the British and American intelligence agencies, the role John Le Carré plays in the British spy fiction landscape, the new film American Made and how...
Spy Culture - 2017-09-15 - Original post - cached version

John Harrison of Sputnik radio's Level Talk invited Matt and I on to talk about National Security Cinema and the relationship between Hollywood and Washington. In this rapid-fire interview we touched on the history of this relationship, its impact on scripts, why writers and producers go...

Spy Culture - 2017-09-04 - Original post - cached version
In recent years the Pentagon have not only expanded their operations in the entertainment industry, they have aggressively and pro-actively tried to expand their influence on Hollywood. This week we take a look at how they are trying to cozy up to studio moguls, make friends and influence people...
Spy Culture - 2017-08-23 - Original post - cached version

In our latest film review Aaron, Uncle and I dissect the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island (in typically anarchic fashion). We talk about different kinds of monster movies, the film's anti-war message and what to expect from the MonsterVerse going forward. We also touch on the Vietnamese...

Spy Culture - 2017-08-20 - Original post - cached version
What connects Al Qaeda to the Pentagon’s Entertainment Liaison Offices? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is Ali Mohamed – the triple agent who was Al Qaeda’s main terrorist trainer. This week we look at two films and a documentary to illustrate these connections and examine how they were...
Spy Culture - 2017-08-16 - Original post - cached version

After numerous requests I have uploaded (most of) the documents we used to write National Security Cinema in one handy zip file so that people don't have to search around all over this site to find them. This pack of over 4000 pages includes office diary reports from the military...

Spy Culture - 2017-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Kevin Gosztola interviewed me for Unauthorized Disclosure about National Security Cinema. This was a different kind of interview, as many of Kevin's questions and comments were about why it matters that the CIA, Pentagon and other agencies are influencing Hollywood scripts.

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Spy Culture - 2017-08-13 - Original post - cached version
In this month's subscriber-only podcast we explore the censorship of the one of the world's biggest film franchises - James Bond. The Bond movies have been subject to both moral/cultural censorship by the British Board of Film Classification, and political censorship by the Pentagon's...
Spy Culture - 2017-07-30 - Original post - cached version
In June 2016 the Pentagon repealed a ban on openly transgender people serving in the US military. A year later and Tzar Trump I has reinstated the ban, causing a panic among the liberal Left for whom the right of transgender people to kill innocent civilians in foreign countries is more important...
Spy Culture - 2017-07-27 - Original post - cached version

Chris Cook had me as a guest on Gorilla Radio recently to talk about National Security Cinema, how modern military propaganda is different to that of the WW2 era, how widespread militarised pop culture has become, how the government rewrites and censors films, and why so few Hollywood movies...

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 - 2017-07-20 - 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...

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