Posts Tagged ‘CIA’

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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Hollywood and Washington - Tom and Matt on Level Talk

Hollywood and Washington – Tom and Matt on Level Talk

John Harrison of Sputnik radio's Level Talk invited Matt and I on to talk about National Security Cinema and the relationship between Hollywood and Washington.  In this rapid-fire interview we touched on the history of this relationship, its impact on scripts, why writers and producers go along with the government's ...
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ClandesTime 121 - Operation Terror

ClandesTime 121 – Operation Terror

This week I am joined by Robbie Martin and Pearse Redmond to review and analyse the low budget conspiracy thriller Operation Terror. We analyse the plot – where a member of the Council on Foreign Relations recruits a CIA officer to prepare and carry out the 9/11 attacks – and ...
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Is American Made CIA Propaganda?

Is American Made CIA Propaganda?

The new Tom Cruise film American Made bears all the hallmarks of being CIA-Hollywood propaganda.  This mini-documentary explores Cruise and director Doug Liman's connections with the CIA and how the marketing for the film suggests it'll be nothing more than a remake of Blow, but with Barry Seal's name in ...
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The Jennifer Garner CIA Recruitment Video

The Jennifer Garner CIA Recruitment Video

I recently obtained a copy of the notorious 2004 CIA recruitment video featuring Alias star Jennifer Garner.  This is not available anywhere else online, and the CIA did not release it in response to my FOIA request (they claimed to be unable to find a copy).  Basically, after a lot ...
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ClandesTime 118 - Ali Mohamed and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

ClandesTime 118 – Ali Mohamed and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

What connects Al Qaeda to the Pentagon’s Entertainment Liaison Offices? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is Ali Mohamed – the triple agent who was Al Qaeda’s main terrorist trainer. This week we look at two films and a documentary to illustrate these connections and examine how they were influenced by the ...
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National Security Cinema - The Source Documents

National Security Cinema – The Source Documents

After numerous requests I have uploaded (most of) the documents we used to write National Security Cinema in one handy zip file so that people don't have to search around all over this site to find them.  This pack of over 4000 pages includes office diary reports from the military ...
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The Influence of Military/Security Agencies on Hollywood - Tom on Unauthorized Disclosure

The Influence of Military/Security Agencies on Hollywood – Tom on Unauthorized Disclosure

Kevin Gosztola interviewed me for Unauthorized Disclosure about National Security Cinema.  This was a different kind of interview, as many of Kevin's questions and comments were about why it matters that the CIA, Pentagon and other agencies are influencing Hollywood scripts. Via ShadowProof: On this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, host ...
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Films Are Not Your Friends - A National Security Cinema Presentation (video)

Films Are Not Your Friends – A National Security Cinema Presentation (video)

A few weeks ago Matt and I were invited to Portsmouth University to give a presentation on our research and analysis for National Security Cinema.  We opted to do an interactive multi-media workshop that explains how the relationship between government and Hollywood works, and how this influences what we end ...
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ClandesTime 117 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The 9/11 Intelligence 'Failure'

ClandesTime 117 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The 9/11 Intelligence ‘Failure’

In the five years running up to 9/11 the NSA were monitoring Osama Bin Laden's satellite phone and Al Qaeda's communication hub, and the CIA were closely following their key operatives, including to the so-called '9/11 summit' in Malaysia.  So why didn't they prevent the attacks?  This week we look ...
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