Posts Tagged ‘FOIA’

Dennis Rodman Kim Jong Un

Operation Rodman: State Dept Cables on Dennis Rodman’s 2013 Visit to North Korea

Dennis Rodman's visit to North Korea in early 2013 sent shock waves through the international media and inspired a CIA-supported Hollywood film about assassinating Kim Jong-Un.  It also drew the attention of the US State Department, who recently released cables about Rodman's trip, though they are highly classified and heavily ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom Secker on The Dangerous History Podcast

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker on The Dangerous History Podcast

Professor CJ invited me onto his Dangerous History Podcast recently to discuss the research behind National Security Cinema, what we found, and what it means.  We talk about conspiracy theories, how I got into this line of research, what methods I employed, the nature of the entertainment liaison offices and ...
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The FBI's Entertainment Liaison Office

The FBI’s Entertainment Liaison Office

Newly released documents shed light on the FBI's entertainment liaison office - officially titled the Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit (IPPAU), including how they work on dozens of popular films and TV shows, and reject requests for support for PR reasons, just like the Pentagon. The documents were released ...
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MuckRock interviews Tom Secker

MuckRock interviews Tom Secker

I was recently interviewed by Michael Morisy the co-founder of MuckRock, the world's premier FOIA site.  It was an interesting conversation about how to use FOIA, what works and what doesn't, how my use of the FOIA developed over time and why I've had so much success with FOIA requests ...
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Trump's Transmilitary Ban and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

Trump’s Transmilitary Ban and the Entertainment Liaison Offices

In June 2016 the Pentagon repealed a ban on openly transgender people serving in the US military.  A year later and Tzar Trump I has reinstated the ban, causing a panic among the liberal Left for whom the right of transgender people to kill innocent civilians in foreign countries is ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom and Matt on Media Roots

National Security Cinema – Tom and Matt on Media Roots

Robbie Martin invited Matt and I onto Media Roots to talk about our new book National Security Cinema.  We discussed a lot of the core material - the scripts changes and political censorship enforced by the Pentagon and CIA - we spent much of this discussion looking at the industry ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom Secker on Geopolitics and Empire

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker on Geopolitics and Empire

Hrvoje Moric invited me onto his podcast Geopolitics and Empire to talk about our new book National Security Cinema.  We get into the difficulties of researching this topic, how Matt and I managed to break through the veil of secrecy to make public this information about government manipulation of Hollywood, ...
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The ‘Civilianization’ of Movie Scripts

The ‘Civilianization’ of Movie Scripts

While Hollywood is generally supportive of the government - and of the military in particular - the Pentagon faces a problem.  In order to stand out from the crowd and make their screenplays a bit different to the usual schlock, screenwriters like to include subversive elements and aspects, even in ...
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