David Sirota invited me onto his podcast to talk about National Security Cinema and how the DOD and CIA secretly shape pop culture. This was a rapid-fire conversation where we got into examples of political censorship by government agencies, the operations of the entertainment liaison offices, the scale of this phenomenon and whether this constitutes a government limitation on free speech.
How much of what you watch on TV or at the movies is directly shaped by the CIA and the U.S. military? It turns out, quite a lot. On this episode, I talk to Tom Secker — the co-author of a new book that documents how the government’s national security apparatus stealthily influences Hollywood. The documents revealed in the book detail an intricate system that empowers military officials to quietly sculpt the seemingly apolitical popular culture that ends up shaping Americans’ views on militarism, foreign policy, national security and politics.