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Spy Culture - 2016-11-23 - Original post - cached version

Sometimes the Freedom of Information Act is a strange beast and you receive something you didn't ask for, but are still happy to get. That happened to me recently when in response to a request about the Pentagon's Hollywood database I received an updated list of DOD Films - movies that were...

Spy Culture - 2016-11-20 - Original post - cached version
9/11. The 7/7 London Bombings. The Boston Marathon. The Paris Massacre. This episode we take a look at the false flag exercise theory, which has become the default alternative media interpretation of these events. We examine the theory's history in military deception techniques, its origins as a...
Spy Culture - 2016-11-17 - Original post - cached version

The first two Iron Man movies are far more important to cinematic history than their daft scripts, super-arrogant star performer and cartoonish presentation might suggest. Between them they made over $1.2 billion worldwide and established the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has since become...

Spy Culture - 2016-11-06 - Original post - cached version

What connects JFK, Allen Dulles and the CIA's invasion at the Bay of Pigs to the movies Thunderball and Goldfinger? The answer is the relationship between the CIA and James Bond. In this episode we look at Fleming's decades-long relationship with American intelligence, from the OSS through...

Spy Culture - 2016-10-25 - Original post - cached version

2009's Brüno is probably the most shallow of Sacha Baron Cohen's movies, based almost solely around the comedy of irritation and embarrassment. However, the story of its production is quite fascinating and a great example of how to get the state to accidentally or unwittingly sponsor your...

Media Monarchy - 2016-09-30 - Original post - cached version

Keep up-to-date with what’s going down in the world of war crafting, corporate cronies and the military-industrial complex.

Porkins Policy Review - 2016-08-26 - Original post - cached version

From Themes and Memes:

On this episode, we welcome special guest Pearse Redmond from Porkins Policy Review to discuss the new Netflix Original series, Stranger Things.

Comprising one season of eight episodes thus far, the show is one of many recent productions that are...

Spy Culture - 2016-08-13 - Original post - cached version

I was recently a guest on Uncle the Podcast - my favourite up and coming comedy podcast - to discuss the 1980s arm wrestling movie Over the Top, starring Sylvester Stallone. The film is about a father who is estranged from his young son but due to the mother's illness they are thrown back...

Spy Culture - 2016-08-06 - Original post - cached version

The Battle of Algiers was a groundbreaking film when it came out in 1966, not just for its depiction of the Algerian War against French occupation but for its quasi-documentary realism and its morally neutral approach, showing both sides committing atrocities. Because of this realism it is a...

Spy Culture - 2016-08-05 - Original post - cached version

Richard Klein is one of the most important people in the entertainment industry that you have never heard of - a former State Department employee who now works for McLarty Associates - an elite Washington DC law firm - as their liaison to Hollywood. Klein has worked with most of the major...

Aletho News - 2016-07-29 - Original post - cached version

By Steven MacMillan – New Eastern Outlook – 29.07.2016 If anyone doubted that a percentage of the global population are akin to zombies, the incidents following the release of Pokémon Go have surely convinced you. Despite the game only being released in early July, we have already seen a man...

Spy Culture - 2016-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Robbie Martin is our final guest for this season as we dissect the 2012 docudrama Zero Dark Thirty. We discussed the difficulty in defining what kind of film this is - somewhere between a spy thriller, a documentary and a dry European art house movie. We get into the well-documented CIA...

Porkins Policy Review - 2016-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Robbie Martin is our final guest for this season as we dissect the 2012 docudrama Zero Dark Thirty. We discussed the difficulty in defining what kind of film this is – somewhere between a spy thriller, a documentary and a dry European art house movie. We get into the well-documented CIA support...

Spy Culture - 2016-07-21 - Original post - cached version

The Department of Defense maintains a database summarising its collaboration with Hollywood productions. The master list for this database was released to me two years ago as the DOD Film List and since then I have obtained a handful of entries. Getting a little more creative I asked for...

Spy Culture - 2016-07-15 - Original post - cached version

James Evan Pilato is our latest guest as we dissect the 2009 Disney UFO adventure Race to Witch Mountain. We start off looking at Disney as a corporation - its long standing interest in UFOs and extraterrestrials, the connections to government agencies and their recent takeover of the fantasy...

Spy Culture - 2016-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Pearse and I recently appeared on The Opperman Report to chat about The Writer with No Hands, Matthew Alford's book into the disappearance and probable murder of Hollywood screenwriter Gary Devore. We get into Devore's connections with the government, the CIA and DOD presence in Hollywood and...

Porkins Policy Review - 2016-06-26 - Original post - cached version

Jay Dyer joins us for this episode where we analyse the 2009 comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats, loosely based on Jon Ronson’s book of the same name. It tells the story of a journalist who is inducted into the world of psychic soldiers during the Iraq war. The movie goes on to explain some of...

Spy Culture - 2016-06-26 - Original post - cached version
Jay Dyer joins us for this episode where we analyse the 2009 comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats, loosely based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name. It tells the story of a journalist who is inducted into the world of psychic soldiers during the Iraq war. The movie goes on to explain some of the...
Spy Culture - 2016-06-22 - Original post - cached version

One of the most prominent influences of pop culture on government and on the deep state is in the use of code names. From the capture of Saddam Hussein to a counter-smuggling helicopter unit in Hawaii, from a mass surveillance program named after Blazing Saddles to Secret Service and MI5...

Giza Death Star - 2016-05-26 - Original post - cached version

4.9/5 (10) ....ahh the price of empire!  Bullying Europe, Asia, and just about everyone else, can be expensive. So expensive, in fact, that the USSA's nuclear arsenal is (supposedly) being coordinated by floppy disks...
http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/26/us/pentagon-floppy-disks-nuclear/...

Spy Culture - 2016-05-22 - Original post - cached version
Blazing Saddles is one of the greatest American spoofs of all time, satirising not just Westerns and the whole cowboy archetype but also the racism prevalent in much of Western society. It remains one of my favourite comedies, and possibly Mel Brooks' best film. While the film itself was not...
Spy Culture - 2016-05-15 - Original post - cached version
United 93 was one of the first major films on the 9/11 attacks, and was praised for its in-depth research and docudrama realism. However, underneath the engrossing cinéma vérité style is a story of the US air defences that morning based almost entirely on the 9/11 Commission. This week we...
Spy Culture - 2016-05-13 - Original post - cached version
Sometimes the support of the DOD can improve a film. When the Pentagon provided Michael Bay with script notes and suggestions on Transformers III he 'was very receptive to our notes and expressed his desire for us to “help (him) make it better.”' However, Man of Steel was not so lucky. Whether...
Media Monarchy - 2016-05-09 - Original post - cached version

Brexit panic, error drills and spy kids + this day in history w/Schuman Declaration and our song of the day by Elephant Revival on your Morning Monarchy for May 9, 2016.

Spy Culture - 2016-04-20 - Original post - cached version
Have you ever wondered about the relationship between UFOs or aliens in movies and the real-life experiences of people who report contact or abduction or witnessing these things? Have you ever wondered whether the government is using UFO movies to influence people's perceptions of these fringe...
Spy Culture - 2016-04-17 - Original post - cached version
Phil Strub has been the Pentagon's Hollywood liaison since 1989, in which time the entertainment liaison offices have helped produce over 100 films. In this episode we take a closer look at Phil Strub, his background, how he came to be the DOD's Hollywood liaison and his curious habit of...
Spy Culture - 2016-04-05 - Original post - cached version
In June 1997 Hollywood screenwriter Gary Devore disappeared while driving home through the middle of the Mojave desert. Devore had connections to the Pentagon and CIA and was working on a screenplay that threatened to reveal devastating truths about the 1989 US invasion of Panama. His...
Spy Culture - 2016-04-04 - Original post - cached version
Tom Clancy's books are known for their technical accuracy, their political realism and their curious ability to foreshadow future events. In this episode we explore his government connections - to the FBI, CIA, Pentagon and the White House. We examine whether these connections are what enabled...
Spy Culture - 2016-03-30 - Original post - cached version
Jack Valenti's career as head of the MPAA spanned nearly 40 years and saw the end of the production code and the establishment of the movie ratings system, the failure of the Vietnam War, the arrival of home cinema followed by the internet, and culminated in the post-9/11 propaganda push. New...
Spy Culture - 2016-03-28 - Original post - cached version
Tom Clancy was one of the most popular spy authors of all time, but was he a spy himself? What are the nature of his government connections? How were the film adaptations of his novels supported by the Pentagon and the CIA? What script changes were made by the DOD in exchange for their support...
Spy Culture - 2016-03-25 - Original post - cached version
Chase Brandon was the CIA's first entertainment liaison officer, working in the entertainment industry for over a decade from 1996 onwards. Brandon helped produce over a dozen major films and a similar number of TV shows and more than any other individual helped set up a permanent CIA network...
Spy Culture - 2016-03-13 - Original post - cached version
The philosophy of Carl Schmitt asserts that for a state to be identifiable and legitimate it has to employ an enemy image - the perception of a threat from the Other. In this episode we explore whether this philosophy has been adopted by the Pentagon as part of their operations in the...
Spy Culture - 2016-03-08 - Original post - cached version
Jack Valenti was present at the JFK assassination and became a close aide to Lyndon Johnson before being made head of the Motion Picture Association of America. Valenti's lengthy FBI file - which I will be writing on in several parts - details his White House career, investigations into both his...
Spy Culture - 2016-02-11 - Original post - cached version
This short episode is an update on my recent Freedom of Information fun. I talk about my successful and not so successful requests to the Pentagon and my ongoing struggle with the Foreign Office to reveal further details of their involvement in the entertainment industry. Finally I outline my...
Spy Culture - 2016-02-01 - Original post - cached version
Ed Opperman invited me back onto his show to discuss the Pentagon's involvement in Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment industry. We talked about my FOIA successes of recent months and what they reveal about the scale of the DOD's involvement in the industry. The aggressive nature of the...
Spy Culture - 2016-01-13 - Original post - cached version
This week a little over 1 million people will die. Only one of them was David Bowie. In this episode I look at celebrity worship and the manufactured grief that results when a famous person dies. Why do people want to become celebrities? Why do people worship them? Why do so many celebrities...
Spy Culture - 2016-01-09 - Original post - cached version
Comic-Con has been a useful (and fun) hunting ground for the Pentagon's entertainment liaison offices for years, but NASA have recently jumped on the bandwagon. The combination of nerds and sci-fi fanatics has proven too alluring to ignore and so one of the world's biggest scientific institutions...
Porkins Policy Review - 2016-01-02 - Original post - cached version

 

I just had the great pleasure of joining Ed Opperman on the Opperman Report.  We began by discussing the most recent developments with regards to the Jeffrey Epstein case.  I broke down the case as well as the ongoing legal battle between Brad Edwards, Paul Cassell and the government...

Spy Culture - 2015-12-31 - Original post - cached version
2015 was an important year in government-assisted entertainment. Several major franchises - the Marvel Cinematic Universe, James Bond, Terminator, Fast and Furious, Mission: Impossible - released their latest films. All of these enjoyed the involvement of government agents and agencies. In this...
Spy Culture - 2015-12-06 - Original post - cached version
The world's biggest films now regularly take over a billion dollars in revenue, and the world's biggest film franchises are multi-billion dollar businesses. What has never been reported before is that 6 of the top 10 (and 14 of the top 25) highest-grossing film franchises have been supported by...
Spy Culture - 2015-11-25 - Original post - cached version
The traditional model of the DOD's ELOs says that they simply wait for requests from the entertainment industry for production assistance and then review the script and decide whether or not to help. The process is reactive in nature - the DOD are supposed to wait for the entertainment industry to...
Spy Culture - 2015-11-18 - Original post - cached version
Completing what has been a record-breaking year for FOIA releases from the Entertainment Liaison Offices of the US Department of Defense, the US Marine Corps recently sent me 1669 pages of reports covering the last 7 years of their activities in the entertainment industry. The documents reveal a...
Media Monarchy - 2015-10-23 - Original post - cached version

Obama enlists big pharma to fight WV drug epidemic; Cops want even more of your DNA; DuPont loses toxic Teflon case.

Spy Culture - 2015-10-14 - Original post - cached version
In 1971 DOD analyst and RAND Corporation employee Daniel Ellsberg leaked The Pentagon Papers - the DOD's Top Secret history of the Vietnam War. This is one of the biggest and most famous leaks in history, but there remain huge questions about why this happened. Was Ellsberg a genuine whistleblower...
The Anti Media - 2015-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Legislation passed by the California legislature will ban local cops from being able to acquire grenade launchers and tanks from the DoD.

The post California Bill Bans Police from Getting Grenade Launchers and Tanks from Feds appeared first on The Anti-Media.

Porkins Policy Review - 2015-07-29 - Original post - cached version

From Boiling Frogs Post:

In this episode Tom Secker and I are joined by Professor Matthew Alford for a discussion of the Department of Defense’s’ ever increasing relation with Hollywood cinema. We discuss the history and nature of the DOD’s Hollywood Entertainment Liaison office, how...

Dissident Voice - 2015-03-03 - Original post - cached version

In recent weeks the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has slowed from a peak of more than 1,000 new cases per week to 99 confirmed cases during the week of February 22, according to the World Health Organization. For two countries that have taken diametrically opposed approaches to combating the...

Porkins Policy Review - 2014-07-21 - Original post - cached version

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I joined our good friend Tom Secker once again on ClandesTime for a very entertaining and in-depth conversation on the documentary Reel Bad Arabs and the Hollywood...

Dissident Voice - 2014-05-30 - Original post - cached version

The Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015 (Defense Authorization Act) should be renamed the Howard P. “Buck” McKeon Global Manifest Destiny Act of FY2015. The Defense Authorization Act reads like something that the Biffer-Baum Birds in Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book might...

Dissident Voice - 2014-03-03 - Original post - cached version

The Pentagon’s budget proposal for next year was announced last week by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. In an interview with the New York Times, Hagel argued that to meet today’s national security needs, the Department of Defense (DoD) must shift its focus and capabilities away from “fighting...

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