Posts Tagged ‘FOIA’

Trump's Transmilitary Ban and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

Trump’s Transmilitary Ban and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

In June 2016 the Pentagon repealed a ban on openly transgender people serving in the US military.  A year later and Tzar Trump I has reinstated the ban, causing a panic among the liberal Left for whom the right of transgender people to kill innocent civilians in foreign countries is ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom and Matt on Media Roots

National Security Cinema – Tom and Matt on Media Roots

Robbie Martin invited Matt and I onto Media Roots to talk about our new book National Security Cinema.  We discussed a lot of the core material - the scripts changes and political censorship enforced by the Pentagon and CIA - we spent much of this discussion looking at the industry ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom Secker on Geopolitics and Empire

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker on Geopolitics and Empire

Hrvoje Moric invited me onto his podcast Geopolitics and Empire to talk about our new book National Security Cinema.  We get into the difficulties of researching this topic, how Matt and I managed to break through the veil of secrecy to make public this information about government manipulation of Hollywood, ...
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The ‘Civilianization’ of Movie Scripts

The ‘Civilianization’ of Movie Scripts

While Hollywood is generally supportive of the government - and of the military in particular - the Pentagon faces a problem.  In order to stand out from the crowd and make their screenplays a bit different to the usual schlock, screenwriters like to include subversive elements and aspects, even in ...
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Subscriber Podcast #9 - The Mystery of the 2nd DOD-Hollywood Database

Subscriber Podcast #9 – The Mystery of the 2nd DOD-Hollywood Database

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I talk about some of my recent FOIA escapades, including my attempts to track down the 2nd Pentagon-Hollywood database.  The existence of this second database was revealed to me by the Marine Corps communications office, but both the Marine Corps and the Office of the ...
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National Security Cinema - New Book Reveals Government Censorship/Propaganda in Hollywood

National Security Cinema – New Book Reveals Government Censorship/Propaganda in Hollywood

National Security Cinema is a new book that uses over 4,000 pages of documents to reveal government censorship and propaganda in Hollywood.  From the Pentagon's rewriting of James Bond to the CIA's manipulation of Meet the Parents this is the biggest and best book ever written about military-intelligence propaganda in ...
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Alaska, the Air Force and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

Alaska, the Air Force and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

Newly released reports from the US Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office (ELO) confirm their continuing influence over the political content of the productions they support and refer to a mysterious event called the 'Alaska CLT'.  The role of the Science and Entertainment Exchange - technically a non-governmental body - was ...
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Prince's FBI File Release Proves the Bureau Favours Mainstream Media FOIA Requests

Prince’s FBI File Release Proves the Bureau Favours Mainstream Media FOIA Requests

The Bureau recently released some documents on Prince in response to FOIA requests from numerous media outlets, including Spy Culture.  In the last few days Jezebel, Vanity Fair and other major outlets have reported on this, but at the time of writing it appears MuckRock have yet to receive their ...
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Security Gone Bananas for the Filming of Star Trek

Security Gone Bananas for the Filming of Star Trek

Code names, vehicle searches, non-disclosure agreements, escorts for foreign nationals - when the producers of Star Trek: Into Darkness wanted to film at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, they probably weren't expecting this.  Newly-released Dept. of Energy documents show the absurd level of security around the filming and how a ...
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Subscriber Podcast #5 - The Pentagon's Hollywood Database

Subscriber Podcast #5 – The Pentagon’s Hollywood Database

In this month's subscriber podcast I talk about the Pentagon's database on their collaboration with Hollywood - what it is, how I got it and what it contains. I highlight some of the more provocative and politically relevant entries and provide details on how the Pentagon rewrote elements of films ...
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