Posts Tagged ‘FBI’

How Does Cinema War Propaganda Really Work?

How Does Cinema War Propaganda Really Work?

In our latest article, Matt and I reflect on two of the most common claims made about National Security Cinema, namely 1) That the government is really important in making movies more militaristic and 2) That Hollywood doesn’t produce dissenting films. While the first of these is somewhat true it ...
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ClandesTime 163 - Nazis in Hollywood

ClandesTime 163 – Nazis in Hollywood

Nazis make the perfect Hollywood villains – instantly recognisable, obviously deplorable and easy to recreate. So why were there no anti-Nazi films until 1939, on the eve of World War 2? This week I explore the history of Nazis in Hollywood in the 1930s, how the German government influenced American ...
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ClandesTime 162 - The Spook Who Sat by the Door

ClandesTime 162 – The Spook Who Sat by the Door

The Spook Who Sat by the Door tells the story of the first African-American to be recruited by the CIA. After becoming disillusioned with the Agency he quits and sets up a black power guerilla army that wages urban war across the United States. According to its writer Sam Greenlee ...
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After Claiming They Couldn't Find It, FBI Release Sam Greenlee File That's More Redacted than National Archives Version

After Claiming They Couldn’t Find It, FBI Release Sam Greenlee File That’s More Redacted than National Archives Version

The FBI got back to me recently with a response to my request on The Spook Who Sat by the Door, including a few pages from Sam Greenlee's FBI file, which they'd previously claimed they could not find. Amusingly, the version of this file released to my by the National ...
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FBI Say They Cannot Find Their File on Radical Author Sam Greenlee

FBI Say They Cannot Find Their File on Radical Author Sam Greenlee

Sam Greenlee is perhaps most famous for writing the novel The Spook Who Sat By the Door, which was adapted into a film in the 1970s.  Greenlee believed that the CIA and FBI suppressed the film because it portrayed them in such a bad light, and promoted black militancy.  A ...
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Does the CIA use Hollywood Movies as Training Films?

Does the CIA use Hollywood Movies as Training Films?

In September 1977 the renowned Hollywood gossip columnist Rona Barrett appeared on Good Morning America to talk about spy films. Sat alongside her was CIA director Stansfield Turner, who commented that Hollywood movies would make poor training films for CIA spies. Within days a memo was circulating within the CIA ...
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CIA: Where Are Our Passes to Disney's Magic Kingdom Club?

CIA: Where Are Our Passes to Disney’s Magic Kingdom Club?

The story of the relationship between Disney and the various branches and agencies of the US government is long and complex.  A recently uncovered memo adds one more episode to the relationship between Disney and the CIA, and revolves around a question that was critical for national security: How would ...
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The 9 Most Important Questions about 9/11 that Remain Unanswered

The 9 Most Important Questions about 9/11 that Remain Unanswered

The pain of 9/11 remains unresolved because the crime of 9/11 remains unsolved. In 17 years no one has been prosecuted for carrying out the attacks, and the court of public opinion is very much a hung jury ...
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ClandesTime 153 - Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

ClandesTime 153 – Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Mark Felt is a 2017 biopic starring Liam Neeson as FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt, telling the story of his role in becoming a source for the Washington Post's reporting on Watergate. Following on from recent episodes on John Paisley and the Weather Underground, I offer a deconstructive view of ...
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The FBI and the film Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

The FBI and the film Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House is a 2017 biopic of former deputy director Mark Felt a.k.a. Deep Throat.  The FBI were involved with the film early on in its development, which is odd because in many ways the film portrays the Bureau very badly. The ...
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Zombies, Drugs, Torture and Wiretaps:  Why the FBI Refuses to Support Hollywood Movies

Zombies, Drugs, Torture and Wiretaps: Why the FBI Refuses to Support Hollywood Movies

The FBI's entertainment liaison office has supported a wide range of Hollywood productions, from conspiracy thrillers like Shooter to comedy adventures like So Undercover to action dramas including Captain Phillips.  But they also rejected a large proportion of the requests they receive for production assistance, with reasons ranging from the ...
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ClandesTime 150 - The Weather Underground

ClandesTime 150 – The Weather Underground

The Weather Underground were the most active and successful militant left-wing group in US history. As part of their anti-Vietnam war operations they bombed the Pentagon, the State Department, corporate headquarters and other high-profile targets. In this episode I examine whether they were a lethal terrorist organisation, or a non-lethal ...
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