Posts Tagged ‘war on terror’

ClandesTime 122 - The Fake Sheikh and Red Mercury

ClandesTime 122 – The Fake Sheikh and Red Mercury

In 2004 three men were arrested in the UK for trying to buy red mercury – a trigger for a nuclear bomb – from an undercover journalist working with British intelligence. This plot inspired multiple films and TV programmes and the resulting trial cost over £1 million. The problem is ...
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Spies, Washington and Hollywood - Tom on Gorilla Radio

Spies, Washington and Hollywood – Tom on Gorilla Radio

Chris Cook invited me back on Gorilla Radio to continue our conversation on all things spy-related.  We talked about some of the differences between the British and American intelligence agencies, the role John Le Carré plays in the British spy fiction landscape, the new film American Made and how to ...
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9/11 and the Legacy of Al Qaeda - Tom on Porkins Policy Radio

9/11 and the Legacy of Al Qaeda – Tom on Porkins Policy Radio

Despite being a bit drunk and tired, I joined Pearse for the first hour of his radio show this week to discuss 9/11, the emotional impact of the anniversary and the legacy of Al Qaeda.  We touched on my Alternative History of Al Qaeda series as well as asking if ...
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ClandesTime 121 - Operation Terror

ClandesTime 121 – Operation Terror

This week I am joined by Robbie Martin and Pearse Redmond to review and analyse the low budget conspiracy thriller Operation Terror. We analyse the plot – where a member of the Council on Foreign Relations recruits a CIA officer to prepare and carry out the 9/11 attacks – and ...
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ClandesTime 119 - The Cinema of the Inside Job

ClandesTime 119 – The Cinema of the Inside Job

The 1996 action thriller The Long Kiss Goodnight was only a modest commercial and critical success, but is a cult classic in the 9/11 ‘truth movement’ because it appears to predict the attacks. This week we analyse the film, its apparent predictive qualities, its commentary on the 1993 WTC bombing ...
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ClandesTime 118 - Ali Mohamed and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

ClandesTime 118 – Ali Mohamed and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

What connects Al Qaeda to the Pentagon’s Entertainment Liaison Offices? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is Ali Mohamed – the triple agent who was Al Qaeda’s main terrorist trainer. This week we look at two films and a documentary to illustrate these connections and examine how they were influenced by the ...
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Films Are Not Your Friends - A National Security Cinema Presentation (video)

Films Are Not Your Friends – A National Security Cinema Presentation (video)

A few weeks ago Matt and I were invited to Portsmouth University to give a presentation on our research and analysis for National Security Cinema.  We opted to do an interactive multi-media workshop that explains how the relationship between government and Hollywood works, and how this influences what we end ...
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ClandesTime 117 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The 9/11 Intelligence 'Failure'

ClandesTime 117 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The 9/11 Intelligence ‘Failure’

In the five years running up to 9/11 the NSA were monitoring Osama Bin Laden's satellite phone and Al Qaeda's communication hub, and the CIA were closely following their key operatives, including to the so-called '9/11 summit' in Malaysia.  So why didn't they prevent the attacks?  This week we look ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom and Matt on Trans Resister Radio

National Security Cinema – Tom and Matt on Trans Resister Radio

Good friend Aaron invited Matt and I on his show to discuss our new book National Security Cinema.  We talked about the Pentagon's habit of civilianization - where controversial elements of the script are changed so they don't apply or connect to the military - and why the DOD are ...
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ClandesTime 116 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Embassy Bombings

ClandesTime 116 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Embassy Bombings

On August 7th 1998 two almost identical truck bombs exploded outside the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In this episode we look at the embassy bombings, their genesis and consequences. From the role of triple agent Ali Mohamed to the absurd circumstances of the explosion ...
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