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MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

The latest files to be released by the National Archives include one on Kinsgley Amis - the former novelist and critic who was knighted in 1990.  Amis was a member of the Communist party while at Oxford university in June 1941, though he renounced Marxism in 1956-7.  MI5's monitoring of ...
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Could the Manchester Bombing have been Prevented?

Could the Manchester Bombing have been Prevented?

Long answer: probably, with an ‘if’. Short answer: yes, with a ‘but’. A recently-published report into the terrorism in Britain in the run-up to this year’s general election has found that the Manchester bombing might have been prevented. The review says that MI5 had planned to discuss the potential threat ...
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Subscriber Podcast #14 - How the Pentagon Rewrote Lone Survivor

Subscriber Podcast #14 – How the Pentagon Rewrote Lone Survivor

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 ...
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The Man With One Red Shoe

The Man With One Red Shoe

One of the first films to be made with the help of former CIA officers was 1985's The Man With One Red Shoe.  This badly-written, weakly-executed action-comedy depict the Agency running surveillance on a musician played by Tom Hanks, who they believe is a CIA agent who is going to ...
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ClandesTime 128 - The FBI in Hollywood

ClandesTime 128 – The FBI in Hollywood

Of all the US intelligence agencies, the FBI has the longest-running relationship with Hollywood. From spying on A-listers as to helping blacklist screenwriters, through to manipulating scripts for PR and propaganda purposes, the Bureau’s influence on Tinseltown is very broad. Using documents from throughout the FBI’s history, today we’re going ...
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The FBI's Entertainment Liaison Office

The FBI’s Entertainment Liaison Office

Newly released documents shed light on the FBI's entertainment liaison office - officially titled the Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit (IPPAU), including how they work on dozens of popular films and TV shows, and reject requests for support for PR reasons, just like the Pentagon. The documents were released ...
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Spy Culture in Critical Sociology

Spy Culture in Critical Sociology

I am proud to announce that Critical Sociology have today published an article I co-wrote with Matt Alford that sums up the major findings from our research for National Security Cinema.  Titled 'New Evidence for the Surprisingly Significant Propaganda Role of the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Defense in ...
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Extra Bonus Podcast - House of Cards 3 - The Final Cut

Extra Bonus Podcast – House of Cards 3 – The Final Cut

In our review of the final season of the original House of Cards, Pearse and I discuss whether Urquhart is a psychopath, or someone so brutalised by the military and ruling class life that he is indistinguishable from one. We look at The Final Cut's depiction of British foreign policy ...
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ClandesTime 127 - Arthur Ransome (and Swallows and Amazons)

ClandesTime 127 – Arthur Ransome (and Swallows and Amazons)

Arthur Ransome was a well-known children’s author, best known for his series of adventure books beginning with Swallows and Amazons. He was also close friends with the Bolshevik leadership and married Trotsky’s secretary. Meanwhile, he was spying for British intelligence, and being spied on by British intelligence as a suspected ...
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Arthur Ransome's MI5 files

Arthur Ransome’s MI5 files

Arthur Ransome was a very well-known author of children's books, best known for his series beginning with Swallows and Amazons.  He was also a spy for British intelligence and a close enough friend to the Bolshevik leadership that he married Leon Trotsky's secretary.  These security service files show how for ...
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