Posts Tagged ‘Predictive Programming’

ClandesTime 085 – WW2 Spies and Hyperreality

Published September 25th 2016

Mutt and Jeff were a pair of Norwegian double agents during WW2, named after the popular cartoon characters. They played a crucial role in deceiving the Nazi intelligence apparatus by taking part in false flag sabotage and deception operations. Several of these operations have very curious codenames including Operation GUY FAWKES and Operation BUNBURY. In this episode I dwell on the relevance of MI5 operations sourcing their codenames from historical and fictional figures. I also analyse how an episode of Spooks in 2002 foreshadowed the declassification of government documents on these WW2 operations, before asking if MI5 are suffering from hyperreality.

Porkins Policy Radio – Now a Radio Show

Published July 20th 2016

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 engaging in a multi-faceted conversation going into the reports from the Pentagon’s entertainment liaison offices, the expansion of the DOD’s role in the entertainment industry, the total lack of accountability. We also get into the question of why this matters, why government involvement in entertainment is important. We rounded off having a back and forth about the media coverage of the attempted coup in Turkey.

ClandesTime 078 – Chase Brandon: The CIA’s Man in Hollywood

Published April 24th 2016

Chase Brandon was the CIA’s first Entertainment Industry Liaison. From 1996 to early 2007 he was the CIA’s man in Hollywood, working on a dozen major movies and numerous high-profile TV shows. In this episode we examine the background of the CIA in the entertainment industry and how they founded their Entertainment Liaison Office and appointed Brandon in charge of it. We also discuss Brandon’s career, especially his attempts to downplay and disguise his influence on entertainment including ghost-writing The Recruit. We finish up talking about how he helped TV series The Agency to predict the future, and the links between Brandon and the film Wag the Dog.

ClandesTime 075 – The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part II: The Government Connections

Published April 4th 2016

Tom Clancy’s books are known for their technical accuracy, their political realism and their curious ability to foreshadow future events. In this episode we explore his government connections – to the FBI, CIA, Pentagon and the White House. We examine whether these connections are what enabled Clancy to write such prophetic fiction, and the impact of that on his readers. We also look at the influence of Clancy’s work on the government, from an elaborate inside joke within the CIA to the reading habits of Ronald Reagan. We round off looking at two possible Clancy copycats, both American men who flew planes into buildings (one before 9/11 and one after).

Decoding Chase Brandon: CIA Entertainment Liaison

Published March 25th 2016

Chase Brandon was the CIA’s first entertainment liaison officer, working in the entertainment industry for over a decade from 1996 onwards. Brandon helped produce over a dozen major films and a similar number of TV shows and more than any other individual helped set up a permanent CIA network within Hollywood and the rest of the industry. His website chasebrandon.com is a bit of a labyrinth but used in the right way it is a treasure trove of information and evidence of the relationship between the world’s largest intelligence agency and the world’s largest entertainment industry. It even presents the possibility that Brandon was involved in making Wag the Dog.

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