Julian of The Mind Renewed invited me back onto his show to discuss the link between false flag terrorism and training exercises. While this is usually talked about in a very simplistic and historically ignorant way, the method of using a drill or training exercise to cover for a black operation is a real tactic. However its popularity among conspiracy theorists raises the question of whether it is now being used as a means of distracting those who are sceptical of the government accounts of terrorist atrocities. From the 7/7 London bombings to the Anders Breivik massacre to the Boston marathon bombing the emergence of rumours or stories of the attacks coinciding with a training exercise have been seized on as providing proof that the government are (a) lying and (b) secretly behind the attacks. In this conversation we put that idea to the test, recounting some of the history of this tactic being used, the more recent examples that have been interpreted in the same way, and this idea’s appearance in numerous state-sponsored films and TV series.
This week I joined Pearse to talk about the beginning of the new season of Homeland, and how it isn’t quite what we expected. The entire 6th season is set between the US presidential election and inauguration day and while the president-elect is female, she is no Hitlery Clinton. Instead she is a peacenik who wants to withdraw from Syria, and believes the domestic terrorist threat is overblown. Meanwhile, a young Nigerian-American Muslim is arrested after making videos about the history of terrorism in the US, including the assassination of Meir Kahane in New York in the early 1990s. We discussed this case and why it’s odd that a CIA-assisted series would be drawing people’s attention to it.
Spies is the ‘new’ game show from Channel 4. I say ‘new’ because it’s a blow-for-blow remake of the 2004 BBC series Spy, which also took a small group of members of the public and had three former spooks put them through their paces via a series of tests and training exercises. The first episode of Spies contained one variation from the BBC’s version – one of the contestants is a mole, part of the team called ‘control’ who are ostensibly running the training course.
United 93 was the first and – to date – the only major movie to depict what happened in the skies over the US on the morning of the 9/11 attacks. The film-makers intended it to be as accurate and realistic as possible, so they reached out to the Pentagon and the US Air Force in particular for assistance. However, if anything this contributed to the numerous inaccuracies and problems with the narrative in the movie, as it contains a blend of two different stories told by the Pentagon about their responses on 9/11.