Posts Tagged ‘US Navy’

National Security Cinema - New Book Reveals Government Censorship/Propaganda in Hollywood

National Security Cinema – New Book Reveals Government Censorship/Propaganda in Hollywood

National Security Cinema is a new book that uses over 4,000 pages of documents to reveal government censorship and propaganda in Hollywood.  From the Pentagon's rewriting of James Bond to the CIA's manipulation of Meet the Parents this is the biggest and best book ever written about military-intelligence propaganda in ...
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Violent Sadism and a Mink Glove - How the BBFC Censored Thunderball

Violent Sadism and a Mink Glove – How the BBFC Censored Thunderball

The James Bond films, like the books on which they are based, have always pushed the boundaries of acceptable portraits of sex and violence.  Documents from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) show how for Thunderball they reviewed the script, recommending many changes if the film was to achieve ...
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Marine Corps emails on The Sum of All Fears

Marine Corps emails on The Sum of All Fears

2002's The Sum of All Fears was the fourth major film adaptation of Tom Clancy's spy novels and perhaps the most visually spectacular.  The part where terrorists nuke the Super Bowl, destroying Baltimore in the process, is one of the best nuking-a-city scenes ever committed to film.  Recently released emails ...
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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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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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'Bin Laden Burial' Took Place on Top Gun Ship

‘Bin Laden Burial’ Took Place on Top Gun Ship

Following the raid in Abbottabad in May 2011 the body of 'Osama Bin Laden' was flown to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, where Commander of US Special Forces Admiral William McRaven did not initially recognise him.  From there the body was flown to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, ...
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Blazing Saddles, Dick Jokes and Racism in the US Navy

Blazing Saddles, Dick Jokes and Racism in the US Navy

Blazing Saddles is one of the greatest American spoofs of all time, satirising not just Westerns and the whole cowboy archetype but also the racism prevalent in much of Western society.  It remains one of my favourite comedies, and possibly Mel Brooks' best film.  While the film itself was not ...
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ClandesTime 075 - The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part II: The Government Connections

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

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 ...
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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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Tom Clancy's FBI File (Part II)

Tom Clancy’s FBI File (Part II)

Tom Clancy was one of the best selling spy authors of all time, known not only for his technical accuracy - gleaned through extensive government contacts - but also for an uncanny ability to predict the future.  Part of his FBI file was released in 2014 but in recent weeks ...
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