Posts Tagged ‘FOIA’

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

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

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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ClandesTime 094 – How Many Films has the Pentagon Supported?

The Department of Defense is the government agency with the largest and most influential operations in Hollywood. But to how many films have they provided production assistance? How many movies have they supported? In this episode we explore the answer to this question, why it is so difficult to answer ...
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Updated ‘Complete’ List of DOD Films

Sometimes the Freedom of Information Act is a strange beast and you receive something you didn't ask for, but are still happy to get.  That happened to me recently when in response to a request about the Pentagon's Hollywood database I received an updated list of DOD Films - movies ...
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Pentagon Production Assistance Agreement for Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies is perhaps the most military-heavy Bond film of recent times, benefiting from production support from both the British and American armed forces.  Despite this the Pentagon's Hollywood liaison Phil Strub denied that they provided any assistance to the film-makers.  This document proves that Strub is not telling ...
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The CIA’s James Bond File

The CIA has had an interest in James Bond almost since its inception as a series of novels in the 1950s.  The books were probably the first spy fiction to refer to the CIA by name and to depict them through the character of Felix Leiter.  This led to a ...
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Pentagon-Hollywood Collaboration Database Excerpts

The Department of Defense maintains a database summarising its collaboration with Hollywood productions.  The master list for this database was released to me two years ago as the DOD Film List and since then I have obtained a handful of entries.  Getting a little more creative I asked for entries ...
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Porkins Policy Radio – Now a Radio Show

My good friend Pearse has been given the opportunity to do his show on the radio so he invited me on as his guest for the very first episode.  We took on an old favourite - Chase Brandon - and discussed his relevance to the world of state-sponsored entertainment before ...
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CIA and State Dept Documents on Jack Valenti

Recently released documents on former White House consultant and MPAA capo Jack Valenti strongly suggest that his appointment as president of the MPAA in some way involved the CIA.  The new documents on Valenti come from the CIA and the State Department.  Though they are tiny fragments in themselves the ...
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