Spy Culture Blog by Tom Secker

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

Could the Manchester Bombing have been Prevented?

Could the Manchester Bombing have been Prevented?

Long answer: probably, with an ‘if’. Short answer: yes, with a ‘but’. A recently-published report into the terrorism in Britain in the run-up to this year’s general election has found that the Manchester bombing might have been prevented. The review says that MI5 had planned to discuss the potential threat ...
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Spy Culture in Critical Sociology

Spy Culture in Critical Sociology

I am proud to announce that Critical Sociology have today published an article I co-wrote with Matt Alford that sums up the major findings from our research for National Security Cinema.  Titled 'New Evidence for the Surprisingly Significant Propaganda Role of the Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Defense in ...
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Gladio Revisited: State Sponsored Terrorism in the Mono-Polar World Order

Gladio Revisited: State Sponsored Terrorism in the Mono-Polar World Order

November 22nd is the 27th anniversary of a European Parliament resolution condemning Operation Gladio. For decades, secret armies in over a dozen NATO countries carried out terrorist attacks to influence the political landscape and manipulate elections. In this article I look back at Gladio, highlighting the damage it did and ...
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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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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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