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ClandesTime 122 - The Fake Sheikh and Red Mercury

ClandesTime 122 – The Fake Sheikh and Red Mercury

In 2004 three men were arrested in the UK for trying to buy red mercury – a trigger for a nuclear bomb – from an undercover journalist working with British intelligence. This plot inspired multiple films and TV programmes and the resulting trial cost over £1 million. The problem is ...
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Spies, Washington and Hollywood - Tom on Gorilla Radio

Spies, Washington and Hollywood – Tom on Gorilla Radio

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 to ...
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'Do Not Discuss Politics on the Base' - Air Force documents on Hollywood Civic Leader Tour

‘Do Not Discuss Politics on the Base’ – Air Force documents on Hollywood Civic Leader Tour

Just prior to the 2016 Presidential Election the US Air Force took several dozen Hollywood figures on a Civic Leader Tour of military facilities in Alaska, as part of their ongoing attempts to gain friends and influence in Tinseltown.  While the Air Force entertainment liaison office would not tell me ...
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Subscriber Podcast #11 - Contagion and the CDC's PR Coup

Subscriber Podcast #11 – Contagion and the CDC’s PR Coup

The 2011 pandemic thriller Contagion was a massive PR boost for the CDC.  In this month's subscriber-only podcast I examine the film and nearly 1000 pages of documents from the CDC about their involvement in helping to make the film, what they thought of it, and the promotional events they ...
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Hollywood and Washington - Tom and Matt on Level Talk

Hollywood and Washington – Tom and Matt on Level Talk

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 along with the government's ...
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9/11 and the Legacy of Al Qaeda - Tom on Porkins Policy Radio

9/11 and the Legacy of Al Qaeda – Tom on Porkins Policy Radio

Despite being a bit drunk and tired, I joined Pearse for the first hour of his radio show this week to discuss 9/11, the emotional impact of the anniversary and the legacy of Al Qaeda.  We touched on my Alternative History of Al Qaeda series as well as asking if ...
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CDC documents on Contagion

CDC documents on Contagion

While the 2011 plague thriller Contagion did benefit from military support it is perhaps more important for being the big screen debut of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This lesser-known government agency recently released nearly 1000 pages of internal documents on their role in supporting the movie, ...
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ClandesTime 121 - Operation Terror

ClandesTime 121 – Operation Terror

This week I am joined by Robbie Martin and Pearse Redmond to review and analyse the low budget conspiracy thriller Operation Terror. We analyse the plot – where a member of the Council on Foreign Relations recruits a CIA officer to prepare and carry out the 9/11 attacks – and ...
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Is American Made CIA Propaganda?

Is American Made CIA Propaganda?

The new Tom Cruise film American Made bears all the hallmarks of being CIA-Hollywood propaganda.  This mini-documentary explores Cruise and director Doug Liman's connections with the CIA and how the marketing for the film suggests it'll be nothing more than a remake of Blow, but with Barry Seal's name in ...
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ClandesTime 120 - The Pentagon's Hostile Takeover of Hollywood

ClandesTime 120 – The Pentagon’s Hostile Takeover of Hollywood

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 cosy up to studio moguls, make friends and influence people, and ...
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