Posts Tagged ‘surveillance’

ClandesTime 131 - The Science and Entertainment Exchange

ClandesTime 131 – The Science and Entertainment Exchange

The Science and Entertainment Exchange (or SEEX) has consulted on over 1300 films and TV shows in less than 10 years, but outside of Hollywood few people know who they are and what they do. This week we pull back the curtain to look at their activities and their agenda ...
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MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

The latest files to be released by the National Archives include one on Kinsgley Amis - the former novelist and critic who was knighted in 1990.  Amis was a member of the Communist party while at Oxford university in June 1941, though he renounced Marxism in 1956-7.  MI5's monitoring of ...
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The Man With One Red Shoe

The Man With One Red Shoe

One of the first films to be made with the help of former CIA officers was 1985's The Man With One Red Shoe.  This badly-written, weakly-executed action-comedy depict the Agency running surveillance on a musician played by Tom Hanks, who they believe is a CIA agent who is going to ...
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Aldous Huxley's FBI File

Aldous Huxley’s FBI File

Like most major 20th century writers the FBI has a brief file on Aldous Huxley - the 'author and social critic' behind Brave New World, Island and The Doors of Perception.  Huxley was never the subject of a Bureau investigation but they kept tabs on some of his public appearances ...
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The Decline of Leaking - Tom Secker on PPR

The Decline of Leaking – Tom Secker on PPR

Once more I joined Pearse Redmond on Porkins Policy Radio to discuss recent developments: The Reality Winner NSA leak story, Chelsea Manning and Dennis Rodman's latest trip to North Korea to visit his good friend Kim Jong-un. Via PPR: Tom Secker and Robbie Martin join me for a very wide ...
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ClandesTime 112 - Billions

ClandesTime 112 – Billions

Pearse Redmond joins us to discuss the TV series Billions, which mixes elements of legal thrillers, human drama, sexual fetishes, 9/11 insider trading and deep politics. We examine the characters in the film and how they are metaphors for the philosophical conflict at the heart of American politics between individual ...
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Schrödinger’s Hack: The NSA’s Report on Russia Hacking the US Election

Schrödinger’s Hack: The NSA’s Report on Russia Hacking the US Election

The Intercept recently published a leaked NSA report describing a cyberattack presumed to be carried out by Russia military intelligence. While many have seen this as the confirming proof that Trump only got elected because of Putin the truth is a lot more complicated. It seems the leaker wanted to ...
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Subscriber Podcast #8 - Braindead

Subscriber Podcast #8 – Braindead

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I review the TV series Braindead, which is about an invading army of extraterrestrial bugs who burrow into people's heads and eat their brains.  On top of this comic-horror there is a lot of well-observed satire about the polarised political climate we've experienced in the ...
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Like a Blind Man at an Orgy, I was Going to Have to Feel Things Out

Like a Blind Man at an Orgy, I was Going to Have to Feel Things Out

In 1961 the FBI conducted a brief investigation into Lieutenant Frank Drebin, better known as actor Leslie Nielsen.  A request arrived from the Canadian authorities so the Bureau found the women they mentioned and asked her about Nielsen, who she said she hadn't seen in over a decade.  Another day ...
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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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