Posts Tagged ‘conspiracy theories’

ClandesTime 128 - The FBI in Hollywood

ClandesTime 128 – The FBI in Hollywood

Of all the US intelligence agencies, the FBI has the longest-running relationship with Hollywood. From spying on A-listers as to helping blacklist screenwriters, through to manipulating scripts for PR and propaganda purposes, the Bureau’s influence on Tinseltown is very broad. Using documents from throughout the FBI’s history, today we’re going ...
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ClandesTime 127 - Arthur Ransome (and Swallows and Amazons)

ClandesTime 127 – Arthur Ransome (and Swallows and Amazons)

Arthur Ransome was a well-known children’s author, best known for his series of adventure books beginning with Swallows and Amazons. He was also close friends with the Bolshevik leadership and married Trotsky’s secretary. Meanwhile, he was spying for British intelligence, and being spied on by British intelligence as a suspected ...
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ClandesTime 126 - American Vandal

ClandesTime 126 – American Vandal

Today I am joined by old friend Pearse Redmond to review and discuss the Netflix TV series American Vandal, a mockumentary that satirises the true crime genre. Pete Maldonado is a student at a high school in California who starts making a documentary about a fellow student, Dylan Maxwell, who ...
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Subscriber Podcast #13 - Sex, Lies and Hollywood

Subscriber Podcast #13 – Sex, Lies and Hollywood

In this month's subscriber podcast I look at recent spate of allegations - and in some cases more than allegations - against a string of Hollywood bigwigs and media celebrities. I examine the selective media dialogue around these events, and how it poisons everything it touches and is deeply sexist ...
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ClandesTime 123 - Buster Crabb

ClandesTime 123 – Buster Crabb

Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, OBE, was a Royal Navy frogman and MI6 diver who disappeared while on an underwater spying mission in April 1956. For three quarters of a century the story around Crabb has remained a mystery – was he killed by the Soviets, whose ship he was spying on? ...
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Subscriber Podcast #11 - Contagion and the CDC's PR Coup

Subscriber Podcast #11 – Contagion and the CDC’s PR Coup

The 2011 pandemic thriller Contagion was a massive PR boost for the CDC.  In this month's subscriber-only podcast I examine the film and nearly 1000 pages of documents from the CDC about their involvement in helping to make the film, what they thought of it, and the promotional events they ...
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9/11 and the Legacy of Al Qaeda - Tom on Porkins Policy Radio

9/11 and the Legacy of Al Qaeda – Tom on Porkins Policy Radio

Despite being a bit drunk and tired, I joined Pearse for the first hour of his radio show this week to discuss 9/11, the emotional impact of the anniversary and the legacy of Al Qaeda.  We touched on my Alternative History of Al Qaeda series as well as asking if ...
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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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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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