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ClandesTime 146 – The Death of David Kelly

The death of weapons expert and UN inspector Dr David Kelly in the summer of 2003 is one of the Iraq War’s most enduring mysteries. While the case was officially ruled a suicide, this conclusion was reached by an informal government inquiry which the Blair government used to replace the normal, legal inquest procedure. In this extended episode I examine the Kelly case, talking with David Halpin, a retired surgeon who has been integral to the struggle for a proper investigation of Kelly’s death. I also analyse how the theory that Kelly was assassinated has been encouraged by state-sponsored TV spy fiction, and speculate as to why this is.

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Trump's Movie Trailer for Kim Summit Exposes Hypocrisy of Entertainment Propaganda

Trump’s Movie Trailer for Kim Summit Exposes Hypocrisy of Entertainment Propaganda

The entertainment highlight of the Trump-Kim negotiations is undoubtedly the fake movie trailer for A Story of Opportunity that the White House showed to North Korean officials and displayed before Trump's press conference in Singapore.  Perhaps the most interesting aspect to the Trump trailer fiasco is how commentators and critics ...
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ClandesTime 143 - We Were Lied to About 9/11 with Jon Gold

ClandesTime 143 – We Were Lied to About 9/11 with Jon Gold

This week I am joined by long-time 9/11 researcher and activist Jon Gold, to talk about his new book We Were Lied to About 9/11. We discuss Jon's experiences both of the 9/11 attacks and of his years of research and activism, along with the legacy of the 'truth movement' ...
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The FBI thought the TV show The Untouchables inspired Criminals

The FBI thought the TV show The Untouchables inspired Criminals

The Untouchables TV series (1959-63) was the first of its kind - a police procedural with explicit violence and action.  Up until then most detective stories focused on the investigation, but The Untouchables featured the gunfights and car chases that became staples of the genre by the 1970s.  It was ...
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ClandesTime 142 - The Last Supper

ClandesTime 142 – The Last Supper

The Last Supper is a 1990s black comedy where a group of ultra-liberal post-graduate students invite right-wingers over for debate, and kill them if they cannot change their minds. In this episode I analyse this film's political satire, the occult symbolism littered throughout the movie, and how the logical result ...
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ClandesTime 141 - The Pentagon, Feminism and Home Improvement

ClandesTime 141 – The Pentagon, Feminism and Home Improvement

In 1995 the Pentagon supported an episode of the popular sitcom Home Improvement, where Tim and Jill get to drive tanks at a Marine base. This week we take a deep dive into this episode, its feminist subtext, and the DOD’s political censorship of the script, courtesy of a file ...
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Subscriber Podcast #19 - The Politics of Eurovision

Subscriber Podcast #19 – The Politics of Eurovision

For decades the Eurovision Song Contest has been a platform for projecting soft power and engaging in cultural warfare.  In this month's subscriber-only podcast I look at how Eurovision entries have been used for propaganda and have been subject to political censorship. I discuss this year's winning entry - which ...
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ClandesTime 140 - How the CIA Censored The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence

ClandesTime 140 – How the CIA Censored The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence

In 1974 former CIA officer Victor Marchetti and former State Department official John Marks published their book The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence. This week I examine a file in the JFK archives that details what the CIA censored from the book, and why. I look at several categories ...
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ClandesTime 139 - The Politics of Star Wars

ClandesTime 139 – The Politics of Star Wars

This week I review the most recent Star Wars film The Last Jedi and analyse its politics. I discuss its anti-war and progressive tokenism, and why this is ultimately undermined by being symbolic, and not narrative-based.  None of the ‘progressive’ character moments or dialogue in the film have any meaningful ...
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Salisbury, Skripals & Syrian Airstrikes - Tom Secker on Media Roots

Salisbury, Skripals & Syrian Airstrikes – Tom Secker on Media Roots

I recently joined Robbie Martin of Media Roots to discussion the Salisbury poisoning, the Skripals, the Syrian airstrikes and the general state of politics and Russophobia.  We covered many of the reasons to be sceptical of the official story about the poisoning of the Skripals, how this relates to the ...
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Subscriber Podcast #18 - How Pop Culture Predictively Programmed a Poisoning

Subscriber Podcast #18 – How Pop Culture Predictively Programmed a Poisoning

In this month's subscriber-only podcast I take a look at three TV series which predicted or reinforced various aspects of the official story of the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.  I examine Salvation, Homeland and Strike Back have featured dialogue and storylines about Litvinenko, Russian assassination of former spies, ...
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ClandesTime Special – Conspiracy Theories: The Salisbury Poisoning

ClandesTime Special – Conspiracy Theories: The Salisbury Poisoning

On March 4th Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in the sleepy British city of Salisbury, by forces currently unknown. The British government immediately blamed Russian intelligence, leading to weeks of accusations and counter-accusations, diplomatic expulsions and lots of conspiracy theories about who really did this, and why ...
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ClandesTime 138 - The Reflecting Pool

ClandesTime 138 – The Reflecting Pool

I am joined today by Robbie Martin and Pearse Redmond to talk about the 2008 9/11 conspiracy thriller The Reflecting Pool. We pick on various aspects of the film that relate or comment on the 9/11 truth movement, including the bizarre consensus that thermite brought down the WTC which has ...
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