Spy Culture Blog by Tom Secker

Reviews, articles and media appearances featuring me and my work.

Top Gun - Tom and Pearse on Uncle the Podcast

Top Gun – Tom and Pearse on Uncle the Podcast

Aaron and Uncle invited both Pearse and myself onto Uncle the Podcast for this one-of-a-kind review of Top Gun, possibly the best piece of military propaganda ever made.  Despite being a promotion for the military, all four of us love the movie and we extol the virtues of the soundtrack, ...
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Spies, Washington and Hollywood - Tom on Gorilla Radio

Spies, Washington and Hollywood – Tom on Gorilla Radio

Chris Cook invited me back on Gorilla Radio to continue our conversation on all things spy-related.  We talked about some of the differences between the British and American intelligence agencies, the role John Le Carré plays in the British spy fiction landscape, the new film American Made and how to ...
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Hollywood and Washington - Tom and Matt on Level Talk

Hollywood and Washington – Tom and Matt on Level Talk

John Harrison of Sputnik radio's Level Talk invited Matt and I on to talk about National Security Cinema and the relationship between Hollywood and Washington.  In this rapid-fire interview we touched on the history of this relationship, its impact on scripts, why writers and producers go along with the government's ...
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9/11 and the Legacy of Al Qaeda - Tom on Porkins Policy Radio

9/11 and the Legacy of Al Qaeda – Tom on Porkins Policy Radio

Despite being a bit drunk and tired, I joined Pearse for the first hour of his radio show this week to discuss 9/11, the emotional impact of the anniversary and the legacy of Al Qaeda.  We touched on my Alternative History of Al Qaeda series as well as asking if ...
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Is American Made CIA Propaganda?

Is American Made CIA Propaganda?

The new Tom Cruise film American Made bears all the hallmarks of being CIA-Hollywood propaganda.  This mini-documentary explores Cruise and director Doug Liman's connections with the CIA and how the marketing for the film suggests it'll be nothing more than a remake of Blow, but with Barry Seal's name in ...
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The Jennifer Garner CIA Recruitment Video

The Jennifer Garner CIA Recruitment Video

I recently obtained a copy of the notorious 2004 CIA recruitment video featuring Alias star Jennifer Garner.  This is not available anywhere else online, and the CIA did not release it in response to my FOIA request (they claimed to be unable to find a copy).  Basically, after a lot ...
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