Posts Tagged ‘Cold War’

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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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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Kong: Skull Island - Tom on Uncle the Podcast

Kong: Skull Island – Tom on Uncle the Podcast

In our latest film review Aaron, Uncle and I dissect the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island (in typically anarchic fashion).  We talk about different kinds of monster movies, the film's anti-war message and what to expect from the MonsterVerse going forward.  We also touch on the Vietnamese government support for Kong, ...
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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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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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ClandesTime 115 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Manchester Manual

ClandesTime 115 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Manchester Manual

The Al Qaeda training manual ‘Military Studies in Jihad Against the Tyrants’ is one of the most important documents in the history of the terrorist gang. Perhaps more than any other artefact it encompasses the absurd contradictions of the War on Terror – people have been convicted for owning a ...
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The CIA, Bohemian Grove, Tom Clancy (and the Fake Moustache)

The CIA, Bohemian Grove, Tom Clancy (and the Fake Moustache)

In 1988 CIA director William Webster attended the Bohemian Grove, where he gave a lakeside talk about intelligence matters.  His speech, now available to the public for the first time, is both amusing and at times shocking.  From Tom Clancy to a voyeuristic child who wanted to join the Agency, ...
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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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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 ...
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The Decline of Leaking - Tom Secker on PPR

The Decline of Leaking – Tom Secker on PPR

Once more I joined Pearse Redmond on Porkins Policy Radio to discuss recent developments: The Reality Winner NSA leak story, Chelsea Manning and Dennis Rodman's latest trip to North Korea to visit his good friend Kim Jong-un. Via PPR: Tom Secker and Robbie Martin join me for a very wide ...
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