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The CIA, Bohemian Grove, Tom Clancy and the Fake Moustache

The CIA, Bohemian Grove, Tom Clancy and the Fake Moustache

In 1988 CIA director William Webster attended the Bohemian Grove, where he gave a lakeside talk about intelligence matters.  His speech, now available to the public for the first time, is both amusing and at times shocking.  From Tom Clancy to a voyeuristic child who wanted to join the Agency, ...
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ClandesTime 114 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ali Mohamed

ClandesTime 114 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ali Mohamed

What if I told you that the same man trained Meir Kahane’s killer, the World Trade Center bombers, the African embassy bombers and Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguards? What if this man was a member of the Egyptian Army unit that assassinated Anwar Sadat, and was a translator and close associate ...
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Why the CIA Loved French New Left Philosophy, and Why They Were Wrong

Why the CIA Loved French New Left Philosophy, and Why They Were Wrong

In 1985 the CIA produced an analysis of the French arm of the New Left - the early post-Marxist intellectual movement.  Somewhat bizarrely the Agency were broadly in favour of this new movement because it provided less resistance to US goals both in France specifically, and in the world more ...
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ClandesTime 113 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Destruction of Yugoslavia

ClandesTime 113 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Destruction of Yugoslavia

The conventional explanation of how Yugoslavia 'fell apart' is that ethnic and religious tensions led to civil wars, necessitating the breakup of the country into a series of smaller states.  The reality is that Yugoslavia was knowingly and willingly destroyed by NATO, with Al Qaeda playing a critical role in ...
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The Decline of Leaking - Tom Secker on PPR

The Decline of Leaking – Tom Secker on PPR

Once more I joined Pearse Redmond on Porkins Policy Radio to discuss recent developments: The Reality Winner NSA leak story, Chelsea Manning and Dennis Rodman's latest trip to North Korea to visit his good friend Kim Jong-un. Via PPR: Tom Secker and Robbie Martin join me for a very wide ...
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Alaska, the Air Force and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

Alaska, the Air Force and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

Newly released reports from the US Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office (ELO) confirm their continuing influence over the political content of the productions they support and refer to a mysterious event called the 'Alaska CLT'.  The role of the Science and Entertainment Exchange - technically a non-governmental body - was ...
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ClandesTime 112 - Billions

ClandesTime 112 – Billions

Pearse Redmond joins us to discuss the TV series Billions, which mixes elements of legal thrillers, human drama, sexual fetishes, 9/11 insider trading and deep politics. We examine the characters in the film and how they are metaphors for the philosophical conflict at the heart of American politics between individual ...
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Winston, The One-Horse Propaganda Machine

Winston, The One-Horse Propaganda Machine

Winston the police horse was named after Winston Churchill, having joined the Met in the 1940s.  He featured in numerous royal events, ridden by both King George and princess and then Queen Elizabeth during the Trooping the Colour ceremonies in the 40s and early 50s.  Winston was also the subject ...
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Schrödinger’s Hack: The NSA’s Report on Russia Hacking the US Election

Schrödinger’s Hack: The NSA’s Report on Russia Hacking the US Election

The Intercept recently published a leaked NSA report describing a cyberattack presumed to be carried out by Russia military intelligence. While many have seen this as the confirming proof that Trump only got elected because of Putin the truth is a lot more complicated. It seems the leaker wanted to ...
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Subscriber Podcast #8 - Braindead

Subscriber Podcast #8 – Braindead

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I review the TV series Braindead, which is about an invading army of extraterrestrial bugs who burrow into people's heads and eat their brains.  On top of this comic-horror there is a lot of well-observed satire about the polarised political climate we've experienced in the ...
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