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ClandesTime 111 – The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear

The bombing in Manchester this week was an especially horrific act of terrorism. 22 people were killed and dozens more were injured – many of whom were children or teenagers who were exiting an Ariana Grande concert. This week I examine some of the questions I have about this bombing, ...
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British Police began vetting film scripts in 1946 – but feared losing ‘aura of secrecy and glamour’

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 secrecy ...
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ClandesTime 110 – A Brief History of Suicide Hijackings

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 ...
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Like a Blind Man at an Orgy, I was Going to Have to Feel Things Out

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 ...
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Prince’s FBI File Release Proves the Bureau Favours Mainstream Media FOIA Requests

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 ...
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ClandesTime 109 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Bojinka Plot

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 plane into CIA ...
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Broadcast Against Tyranny – Tom Secker on Uncle the Podcast

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 different but equally ...
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Security Gone Bananas for the Filming of Star Trek

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 level of security around the filming and how a ...
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ClandesTime 108b – Ramzi Yousef: A NeoConspiracy Theory

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 working together. But ...
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ClandesTime 108 – A Secret History of Al Qaeda: Ramzi Yousef

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 ...
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