Posts Tagged ‘surveillance’

ClandesTime 106 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The FBI and the WTC bombing

The WTC bombing in 1993 was a massive embarrassment for the Bureau.  It emerged at the resulting trials that the Bureau had an informant deep within the Al Kifah group, but fired him months before the bombing took place.  This week we take a closer look at Emad Salem, the ...
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ClandesTime 105 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Blind Sheikh

The Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was an Egyptian cleric who played a critical role in the early years of Al Qaeda.  Rahman and his followers took over the New York branch of the MAK, an international fundraising and recruiting organisation that was central to the CIA's Operation Cyclone.  His ...
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Alt Truth and the Deep State on Homeland – Tom Secker on PPR

In our latest dissection of season 6 of Homeland, I joined Pearse on Porkins Policy Radio to discuss the latest few episodes.  With the revelation that Dar Adal has been running a sock puppet click farm to manipulate US public opinion, Homeland has dragged this season right up to date.  ...
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NSA emails on Enemy of the State

Paranoid thriller Enemy of the State provoked such a reaction within the NSA that they instigated a large PR campaign to counter public perceptions of a surveillance agency running wild.  NSA emails show that even while the movie was being made, agency employees were unhappy about the producers filming from ...
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ClandesTime 096 – Unreal

Unreal is a gripping and brutal satire of reality TV but it is much more than that. While this might sound like a drama about a trivial subject, the content of Unreal makes it one of the most serious and important TV series of recent years. It follows two female ...
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Jimi Hendrix FBI File

The FBI's file on James Marshall Hendrix aka Jimi Hendrix is a brief but entertaining example of the Bureau having too much time on their hands and not enough to do.  After Hendrix was arrested in Toronto in 1969 'after a quantity of marijuana was found in his shaving kit' ...
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Subscriber podcast #1 – Mr Robot and Westworld

In this first subscriber-only podcast I talk about what I've been up to recently, what's coming up in the next few months and offer my thoughts on the TV series Mr Robot and Westworld.  This podcast is only available to supporters of my patreon campaign.  Click the link below to ...
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Watergate etc. – Tom Secker on Porkins Policy Radio

Pearse invited me back onto his new radio show to discuss my recent piece on Three Days of the Condor and some of the alternative history of Watergate.  We get into the infamous picture of Robert Redford and Richard Helms and ask why the CIA were monitoring Helms' on set ...
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Hunter S Thompson’s FBI File

Author and the creator of gonzo journalism Hunter S Thompson could be expected to have an FBI file, and he does.  When it was released the FBI admitted that they had destroyed parts of it during the 1990s, and what remains is a smattering of amusing irrelevances.  They began their ...
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16 Military and Intelligence Code Names Inspired by Popular Culture

One of the most prominent influences of pop culture on government and on the deep state is in the use of code names.   From the capture of Saddam Hussein to a counter-smuggling helicopter unit in Hawaii, from a mass surveillance program named after Blazing Saddles to Secret Service and MI5 ...
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