Posts Tagged ‘CIA’

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 ...
Read more
Why the CIA Loved French New Left Philosophy, and Why They Were Wrong

Why the CIA Loved French New Left Philosophy, and Why They Were Wrong

In 1985 the CIA produced an analysis of the French arm of the New Left - the early post-Marxist intellectual movement.  Somewhat bizarrely the Agency were broadly in favour of this new movement because it provided less resistance to US goals both in France specifically, and in the world more ...
Read more
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 ...
Read more
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 ...
Read more
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 ...
Read more
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 ...
Read more
ClandesTime 107 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The TRADEBOM Investigation

ClandesTime 107 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The TRADEBOM Investigation

This week we take a look at TRADEBOM, the FBI's investigation into the World Trade Center bombing.   We examine how the case broke after one of the bombers foolishly went back to the rental company to try to get a refund on the van they had blown up.  Then we ...
Read more
Homeland Season 6 finale - Tom Secker on PPR

Homeland Season 6 finale – Tom Secker on PPR

In our final analysis and review for Homeland season 6 Pearse and I dissect the last two episodes, looking at the shifting loyalties and role reversals around the attempted assassination of the president-elect.  We look at how Homeland has latched onto a number of ideas that have become popular in ...
Read more
'James Bond is my favorite anyway' - CIA on Request for Film Production Assistance

‘James Bond is my favorite anyway’ – CIA on Request for Film Production Assistance

In 1981 White House aide Joe Holmes contacted the CIA as part of his scheme to encourage the production of 'pro-hero' movies and TV series.  A Hollywood studio wanted CIA assistance for a spy film but CIA Director Bill Casey refused the request.  Internal Agency memos reveal that they were ...
Read more
CIA Open Source Records on Executive Action

CIA Open Source Records on Executive Action

Executive Action is perhaps the most famous conspiracy thriller about the John Kennedy assassination, with the exception of Oliver Stone's JFK.  Recently released CIA records in the CREST database show that they were keeping an eye the production and how it was being received.  The articles even detail how the ...
Read more
Support