Professor CJ invited me onto his Dangerous History Podcast recently to discuss the research behind National Security Cinema, what we found, and what it means. We talk about conspiracy theories, how I got into this line of research, what methods I employed, the nature of the entertainment liaison offices and some of the more surprising films and TV shows supported by the state.
For this episode of the DHP, CJ is joined by researcher, writer, and podcaster Tom Secker, the man behind the website SpyCulture.com and the podcast Clandestime, in a conversation primarily about Tom’s research into the national security state’s massive influence on movies and television.
Join CJ & Tom as they discuss:
Being a ‘moderate conspiracy theorist’
A bit about Tom’s background and how he got into researching these topics
Entertainment Liaison Offices (or ELOs), and how these offices influence the entertainment industry on behalf of the military, the CIA, FBI, and NSA
A bit about Tom’s research methods
Some of the more surprising things Tom has discovered in his research
The significance of the security state’s influence on popular entertainment