Posts Tagged ‘US Army’

ClandesTime 114 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ali Mohamed

ClandesTime 114 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ali Mohamed

What if I told you that the same man trained Meir Kahane’s killer, the World Trade Center bombers, the African embassy bombers and Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguards? What if this man was a member of the Egyptian Army unit that assassinated Anwar Sadat, and was a translator and close associate ...
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Subscriber Podcast #7 - The Pentagon and Political Correctness

Subscriber Podcast #7 – The Pentagon and Political Correctness

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I look at the notion that Hollywood is a liberal propaganda machine supported by the government.  Looking through the reports of the Pentagon's Entertainment Liaison Offices I find examples where a socially and politically conservative agenda, not a liberal agenda, is encouraged, enhanced and promoted ...
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Jimi Hendrix FBI File

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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ClandesTime 094 - How Many Films has the Pentagon Supported?

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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Pentagon Production Assistance Agreements for Transformers

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreements for Transformers

Despite only producing 4 films so far the Transformers series is already one of the top 10 movie series of all time.  In a paradox that encapsulates much of Hollywood, it appears that the worse the Transformers films get the better they do at the box office.  These production assistance ...
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Updated 'Complete' List of DOD Films

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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The CIA and Hollywood 11 - The Men Who Stare at Goats

The CIA and Hollywood 11 – The Men Who Stare at Goats

Jay Dyer joins us for this episode where we analyse the 2009 comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats, loosely based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name.  It tells the story of a journalist who is inducted into the world of psychic soldiers during the Iraq war.  The ...
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Pentagon Production Assistance Agreement for Man of Steel

Pentagon Production Assistance Agreement for Man of Steel

Sometimes the support of the DOD can improve a film.  When the Pentagon provided Michael Bay with script notes and suggestions on Transformers III he 'was very receptive to our notes and expressed his desire for us to “help (him) make it better.”'  However, Man of Steel was not so ...
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The Pentagon, NASA and Comic-Con

The Pentagon, NASA and Comic-Con

Comic-Con has been a useful (and fun) hunting ground for the Pentagon's entertainment liaison offices for several years, but NASA have recently jumped on the bandwagon.  The combination of nerds and sci-fi fanatics has proven too alluring to ignore and so one of the world's biggest scientific institutions has joined ...
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The DOD's Full Spectrum Dominance of the Entertainment Industry

The DOD’s Full Spectrum Dominance of the Entertainment Industry

Jump to documents The traditional model of the DOD's ELOs says that they simply wait for requests from the entertainment industry for production assistance and then review the script and decide whether or not to help.  This is how the process is described in the DOD instruction 5410.16 on Assistance ...
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