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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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Homeland Season 7 Episode 1 - Tom Secker on PPR

Homeland Season 7 Episode 1 – Tom Secker on PPR

Continuing our long-running commentary, Pearse invited me back onto Porkins Policy Radio to talk about the first episode of the new season of Homeland.  For the first time in several seasons Homeland maintained the storyline from the previous season rather than rebooting the show's storyline and characters.  This of course ...
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Subscriber Podcast #16 - Why I do What I do

Subscriber Podcast #16 – Why I do What I do

On this month's subscriber-only podcast I talk about my political and personal motives for doing this sort of work as well some of my thoughts on strategies for tackling political problems. I discuss the history of anarchism - both intellectual and terroristic - and how I see my work fitting ...
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The King, the starlet and the CIA's fixer in Hollywood

The King, the starlet and the CIA’s fixer in Hollywood

A recently released document from the JFK files has confirmed an old rumour: that the CIA helped arrange the affair between actress Susan Cabot and King Hussein of Jordan.  The memo records how the man directly involved was the CIA's on-the-ground fixer in Hollywood, Robert Maheu. The Affair Cabot was ...
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ClandesTime 133 - Was the Unabomber Right?

ClandesTime 133 – Was the Unabomber Right?

Ted Kaczynski is most famous for both being the most prolific serial bomber in US history and for writing the Unabomber Manifesto – a political-philosophical tract that was published by major newspapers and by the FBI. This week I take a look at the life of Ted Kaczynski and conduct ...
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The Science and Entertainment Exchange - Tom Secker on PPR

The Science and Entertainment Exchange – Tom Secker on PPR

Pearse invited me back onto Porkins Policy Radio to chat about my research into the little-known Science and Entertainment Exchange.  We discussed how SEEX got started, their stated mission and aims and how they contrast sharply with what SEEX actually does, their ability to influence scripts and how the Pentagon ...
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ClandesTime 132 - The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part III: US Intelligence

ClandesTime 132 – The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part III: US Intelligence

Aside from Ian Fleming, there is no more influential spy author than Tom Clancy. Clancy’s books (and the films and computer games based on them) benefited from his close contact with the US government. This week we shed light on his relationships with the CIA and the NSA, and ask ...
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Do GCHQ name all of their Cyberwarfare Operations after Pop Culture?

Do GCHQ name all of their Cyberwarfare Operations after Pop Culture?

Leaked documents from JTRIG (the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) show that GCHQ's operations are not only bigger, more invasive and more manipulative than previously realised, but also that they name their tools and techniques after films, TV shows and even genres of music. A recent article by Tom Coburg ...
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The CIA's Tom Clancy File

The CIA’s Tom Clancy File

Just as with James Bond and Ian Fleming, the CIA's CREST database is littered with reference to Tom Clancy.  In preparation for this weekend's podcast I put together a collection of over 100 pages of internal Agency memos and open source records that record Clancy's relationship with the CIA for ...
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Subscriber Podcast 15 - White Helmet Supremacy

Subscriber Podcast 15 – White Helmet Supremacy

On this month's subscriber-only podcast I explain my criticisms of 21st Century Wire and Patrick Henningsen in particular.  I outline their disturbing habit of denying the suffering of non-white people, often by claiming they are mere 'crisis actors', their implicit and explicit endorsement of white supremacism, and their martyr-lite marketing ...
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That time Margaret Thatcher was briefed about the Sex Pistols

That time Margaret Thatcher was briefed about the Sex Pistols

In 1987, as part of a typical politician's attempts to seem down with the kids, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did an interview with the pop magazine Smash Hits.  There was just one problem: Thatcher knew absolutely nothing about pop music, or anything even close.  So her advisors drew up ...
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ClandesTime 131 - The Science and Entertainment Exchange

ClandesTime 131 – The Science and Entertainment Exchange

The Science and Entertainment Exchange (or SEEX) has consulted on over 1300 films and TV shows in less than 10 years, but outside of Hollywood few people know who they are and what they do. This week we pull back the curtain to look at their activities and their agenda ...
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The Pentagon and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

The Pentagon and the Science and Entertainment Exchange

Officially, the Science and Entertainment Exchange (or SEEX) is the outreach program of the National Academy of Sciences - a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit honorific body who give awards and the like.  In reality it is a government-funded entertainment liaison office who work closely with the military to help them accomplish ...
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