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MuckRock interviews Tom Secker

MuckRock interviews Tom Secker

I was recently interviewed by Michael Morisy the co-founder of MuckRock, the world's premier FOIA site.  It was an interesting conversation about how to use FOIA, what works and what doesn't, how my use of the FOIA developed over time and why I've had so much success with FOIA requests ...
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ClandesTime 126 - American Vandal

ClandesTime 126 – American Vandal

Today I am joined by old friend Pearse Redmond to review and discuss the Netflix TV series American Vandal, a mockumentary that satirises the true crime genre. Pete Maldonado is a student at a high school in California who starts making a documentary about a fellow student, Dylan Maxwell, who ...
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Anders Breivik: The Movie - Tom Secker on Porkins Policy Radio

Anders Breivik: The Movie – Tom Secker on Porkins Policy Radio

This week I joined Pearse on his radio show to discuss the new Netflix movie about Anders Breivik and the aftermath of the massacre on Utoya in 2011.  We get into director Paul Greengrass's background, especially United 93, the Norwegian government's support for the film and the legacy of Breivik's ...
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The FBI spied on the star of The F.B.I.

The FBI spied on the star of The F.B.I.

The long-running ABC show The F.B.I. was perhaps the greatest success of the FBI's entertainment liaison office during Hoover's time as head of the Bureau.  The deal struck between the FBI and the producers granted Hoover approval and veto power over scripts, casting and even sponsors.  In return Hoover allowed ...
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Extra Bonus Podcast - House of Cards Season 2

Extra Bonus Podcast – House of Cards Season 2

In this extra bonus podcast for subscribers Pearse and I discuss the second season of the British House of Cards - To Play the King.  Our review covers numerous parallels between what happens in the series - when a left-wing King rises to challenge Urquhart and how the PM and ...
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Subscriber Podcast #13 - Sex, Lies and Hollywood

Subscriber Podcast #13 – Sex, Lies and Hollywood

In this month's subscriber podcast I look at recent spate of allegations - and in some cases more than allegations - against a string of Hollywood bigwigs and media celebrities. I examine the selective media dialogue around these events, and how it poisons everything it touches and is deeply sexist ...
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Have the CIA relaxed their rules about filming Langley?

Have the CIA relaxed their rules about filming Langley?

In last weekend's ClandesTime I discussed how the CIA no longer allow film-makers to shoot footage of the CIA headquarters, leading the producers of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to re-use old footage of Langley, but it appears they may have relaxed this rule and are now allowing filming, or ...
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ClandesTime 125 - Why Can't You Film at Langley Any More?

ClandesTime 125 – Why Can’t You Film at Langley Any More?

The first movie to film at CIA Headquarters at Langley was Scorpio in the early 1970s. The last major film was Argo in 2012. Sometime in 2014 the CIA stopped letting film-makers shoot footage on the CIA campus. This week I examine this decision by analysing the last two films ...
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Aldous Huxley's FBI File

Aldous Huxley’s FBI File

Like most major 20th century writers the FBI has a brief file on Aldous Huxley - the 'author and social critic' behind Brave New World, Island and The Doors of Perception.  Huxley was never the subject of a Bureau investigation but they kept tabs on some of his public appearances ...
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Subscriber Podcast #12 - Reality Winner (and Russiagate)

Subscriber Podcast #12 – Reality Winner (and Russiagate)

Reality Winner is a former Air Force language specialist who was working for an NSA contractor when she stole a single document and sent it to The Intercept. The document described supposed Russian attempts to ‘hack the US election’ and so this one act of whistleblowing or espionage, however you ...
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