ClandesTime Podcast with Tom Secker

Regular podcast featuring film and book reviews and investigations into government, military and intelligence involvement in popular culture.

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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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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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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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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ClandesTime 111 - The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear

ClandesTime 111 – The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear

The bombing in Manchester this week was an especially horrific act of terrorism. 22 people were killed and dozens more were injured – many of whom were children or teenagers who were exiting an Ariana Grande concert. This week I examine some of the questions I have about this bombing, ...
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ClandesTime 110 - A Brief History of Suicide Hijackings

ClandesTime 110 – A Brief History of Suicide Hijackings

After the 9/11 attacks we were told that no one could have predicted that terrorists would hijack planes and use them as missiles against buildings. This lie quickly fell apart when it emerged that NORAD – the US air defence command – had run training exercises in the years and ...
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ClandesTime 109 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Bojinka Plot

ClandesTime 109 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Bojinka Plot

The Bojinka plot was one of the most imaginative and potentially devastating terrorist plans ever. Conceived by Ramzi Yousef it centred around a scheme to blow up 10-12 airliners simultaneously, killing thousands of people, but it also included an assassination attempt on the Pope and crashing a plane into CIA ...
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ClandesTime 108b - Ramzi Yousef: A NeoConspiracy Theory

ClandesTime 108b – Ramzi Yousef: A NeoConspiracy Theory

In this special bonus episode of ClandesTime we look at the theory that World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef was an agent of Iraqi intelligence. This theory, put forward by neoconservative analyst Laurie Mylroie, contributed to the false idea that Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s government were working together. But ...
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