Posts Tagged ‘DOD’

Alfred Hitchcock and the CIA's First Big Mistake in Hollywood

Alfred Hitchcock and the CIA’s First Big Mistake in Hollywood

Following their on-screen debut in the James Bond movies, and their quiet support for Thunderball, the CIA under Richards Helms adopted a more pro-active approach to Hollywood.  They began spying on movie scripts depicting the CIA and considering requests from film-makers for official support.  One project that they rejected was ...
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ClandesTime 124 - Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas? (and what the govt. is doing to help)

ClandesTime 124 – Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas? (and what the govt. is doing to help)

The book of Ecclesiastes tells us, ‘The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.’  Even the idea that there is nothing new is thousands of years old ...
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Top Gun - Tom and Pearse on Uncle the Podcast

Top Gun – Tom and Pearse on Uncle the Podcast

Aaron and Uncle invited both Pearse and myself onto Uncle the Podcast for this one-of-a-kind review of Top Gun, possibly the best piece of military propaganda ever made.  Despite being a promotion for the military, all four of us love the movie and we extol the virtues of the soundtrack, ...
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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 120 - The Pentagon's Hostile Takeover of Hollywood

ClandesTime 120 – The Pentagon’s Hostile Takeover of Hollywood

In recent years the Pentagon have not only expanded their operations in the entertainment industry, they have aggressively and pro-actively tried to expand their influence on Hollywood. This week we take a look at how they are trying to cosy up to studio moguls, make friends and influence people, and ...
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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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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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