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1959 CIA Memo on the ‘Elimination’ of Castro

With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro I felt this would be a good time to provide a copy of an important but seldom-read CIA memo from 1959 where they discuss and approve the 'elimination' of Castro.  Shortly after the Cuban revolution Castro visited the United States, speaking ...
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Updated ‘Complete’ List of DOD Films

Sometimes the Freedom of Information Act is a strange beast and you receive something you didn't ask for, but are still happy to get.  That happened to me recently when in response to a request about the Pentagon's Hollywood database I received an updated list of DOD Films - movies ...
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ClandesTime 092 – Conspiracy Theories: The False Flag Exercise Hypothesis

9/11. The 7/7 London Bombings. The Boston Marathon. The Paris Massacre. This episode we take a look at the false flag exercise theory, which has become the default alternative media interpretation of these events. We examine the theory's history in military deception techniques, its origins as a popular conspiracy theory ...
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Pentagon Production Assistance Agreements for Iron Man 1&2

The first two Iron Man movies are far more important to cinematic history than their daft scripts, super-arrogant star performer and cartoonish presentation might suggest.  Between them they made over $1.2 billion worldwide and established the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has since become the biggest film franchise of all time.  ...
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Did the CIA rewrite Charlie Wilson’s War?

Charlie Wilson's War reduces nearly 10 years of the Soviet-Afghan War into an hour and forty minutes of Sorkin-scribed witty dialogue focusing almost entirely on how one alcoholic, womanising congressman helped to raise the billions of dollars that were given to the mujahideen to fight the godless Commie invaders.  While ...
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Spirit Cooking Election Day Special – Tom Secker on PPR

Pearse invited Aaron and myself onto his show on the evening of the Presidential election.  I, for one, welcome our new Orange Overlord but when we taped this the result was not yet known.  This conversation got a bit abstract as we didn't discuss the candidates much at all, but ...
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ClandesTime 091 – The CIA and James Bond

What connects JFK, Allen Dulles and the CIA's invasion at the Bay of Pigs to the movies Thunderball and Goldfinger?  The answer is the relationship between the CIA and James Bond.  In this episode we look at Fleming's decades-long relationship with American intelligence, from the OSS through to the CIA, ...
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CIA Invited to Special Screening of Goldfinger

In November 1959 CIA Director Allen Dulles sent a copy of the new Ian Fleming novel Goldfinger to Jackie Kennedy.  In October 1964 the CIA Deputy Director Marshall Carter was invited to a special screening of the new James Bond movie Goldfinger at the MPAA headquarters in Washington.  The film ...
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Pentagon Production Assistance Agreement for Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies is perhaps the most military-heavy Bond film of recent times, benefiting from production support from both the British and American armed forces.  Despite this the Pentagon's Hollywood liaison Phil Strub denied that they provided any assistance to the film-makers.  This document proves that Strub is not telling ...
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Subscriber podcast #1 – Mr Robot and Westworld

In this first subscriber-only podcast I talk about what I've been up to recently, what's coming up in the next few months and offer my thoughts on the TV series Mr Robot and Westworld.  This podcast is only available to supporters of my patreon campaign.  Click the link below to ...
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