Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

National Security Cinema - Tom Secker on Geopolitics and Empire

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker on Geopolitics and Empire

Hrvoje Moric invited me onto his podcast Geopolitics and Empire to talk about our new book National Security Cinema.  We get into the difficulties of researching this topic, how Matt and I managed to break through the veil of secrecy to make public this information about government manipulation of Hollywood, ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom Secker on The Shift

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker on The Shift

Doug McKenty of The Shift invited me on his show to talk about my new book National Security Cinema.  We discussed the process by which the CIA and DOD support films, and how this enables them to have considered influence over the scripts, before getting into the issue of how ...
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The ‘Civilianization’ of Movie Scripts

The ‘Civilianization’ of Movie Scripts

While Hollywood is generally supportive of the government - and of the military in particular - the Pentagon faces a problem.  In order to stand out from the crowd and make their screenplays a bit different to the usual schlock, screenwriters like to include subversive elements and aspects, even in ...
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Subscriber Podcast #9 - The Mystery of the 2nd DOD-Hollywood Database

Subscriber Podcast #9 – The Mystery of the 2nd DOD-Hollywood Database

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I talk about some of my recent FOIA escapades, including my attempts to track down the 2nd Pentagon-Hollywood database.  The existence of this second database was revealed to me by the Marine Corps communications office, but both the Marine Corps and the Office of the ...
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National Security Cinema - New Book Reveals Government Censorship/Propaganda in Hollywood

National Security Cinema – New Book Reveals Government Censorship/Propaganda in Hollywood

National Security Cinema is a new book that uses over 4,000 pages of documents to reveal government censorship and propaganda in Hollywood.  From the Pentagon's rewriting of James Bond to the CIA's manipulation of Meet the Parents this is the biggest and best book ever written about military-intelligence propaganda in ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom Secker and Matt Alford on PPR

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker and Matt Alford on PPR

Good friend Pearse Redmond invited Matt and I on his radio show to talk about our new book National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood.  We discussed the new evidence that provoked us into writing this book, looked at some of the case studies including ...
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Winston, The One-Horse Propaganda Machine

Winston, The One-Horse Propaganda Machine

Winston the police horse was named after Winston Churchill, having joined the Met in the 1940s.  He featured in numerous royal events, ridden by both King George and princess and then Queen Elizabeth during the Trooping the Colour ceremonies in the 40s and early 50s.  Winston was also the subject ...
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Violent Sadism and a Mink Glove - How the BBFC Censored Thunderball

Violent Sadism and a Mink Glove – How the BBFC Censored Thunderball

The James Bond films, like the books on which they are based, have always pushed the boundaries of acceptable portraits of sex and violence.  Documents from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) show how for Thunderball they reviewed the script, recommending many changes if the film was to achieve ...
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British Police began vetting film scripts in 1946 - but feared losing 'aura of secrecy and glamour'

British Police began vetting film scripts in 1946 – but feared losing ‘aura of secrecy and glamour’

In post-war Britain the Metropolitan Police were concerned about how they were being portrayed in films so they instituted a policy of vetting film scripts.  However, they were concerned that by seeking a more public profile and engaging with the film industry that they would lose the 'aura of secrecy ...
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J Edgar Hoover Didn't Like Federal Dick

J Edgar Hoover Didn’t Like Federal Dick

The FBI's involvement in Hollywood began in the early 1930s - before it was even called the FBI.  In 1933 MGM approached the Bureau about producing a series of short films based on real-life criminal cases.  They were provided access to Bureau files and in exchange agreed to let J ...
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