Posts Tagged ‘History’

The Pentagon Rewrites History Through Movies - In Total Violation of its Directives on Hollywood

The Pentagon Rewrites History Through Movies – In Total Violation of its Directives on Hollywood

The DOD claim that they only rewrite Hollywood scripts in order to ensure accuracy and to inform the public about the military and its mission. This is total bullshit. One of the best examples comes from the 2016 film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, where the original script included an event that ...
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When Thatcher Exploited the England Football Team

When Thatcher Exploited the England Football Team

The 1990 World Cup was considered a big success for the England football team, as getting to the semi-finals was the greatest progress in a tournament since winning the trophy in 1966. Documents recently released by the National Archives show that the July 1990 visit to Number 10 Downing Street ...
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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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ClandesTime 159 - The Founder

ClandesTime 159 – The Founder

The Founder is a 2016 biopic of Ray Kroc, the man who created McDonald’s. Or did he? In this episode I examine this ambiguous film, one of the best examples of cultural capitalism to come out of Hollywood in recent years. I explore how it avoids the negative consequences of ...
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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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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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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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ClandesTime 147 - Crime, Censorship and the Copycat Effect

ClandesTime 147 – Crime, Censorship and the Copycat Effect

For movie censors, crime is perhaps the most complex issue to make decisions about. They want the public to be alert to the possibility of crimes happening, and respectful of law enforcement institutions. But entertainers and audiences want dramatic, ambiguous villains and stories of institutional corruption and hubris. This week ...
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ClandesTime 145 - Conspiracy Theories: John Paisley

ClandesTime 145 – Conspiracy Theories: John Paisley

John Paisley was a senior CIA officer who worked on Team B, was the Agency's liaison to the Watergate burglars, and according to some was a Soviet double agent. In 1978 he disappeared while sailing in the Chesapeake Bay, and the body that washed up was never definitively identified as ...
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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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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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