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Podcast series with Tom Secker featuring film and book reviews and discussions and investigations into military and intelligence involvement in popular culture.

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Subscriber Podcast #12 – Reality Winner (and Russiagate) - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-12-reality-winner-russiagate/' title='Subscriber Podcast #12 - Reality Winner (and Russiagate)'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Reality-Winner-1.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Reality Winner is a former Air Force language specialist who was working for an NSA contractor when she stole a single document and sent it to The Intercept. The document described supposed Russian attempts to ‘hack the US election’ and so this one act of whistleblowing or espionage, however you want to see it, fits [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-12-reality-winner-russiagate/' title='Subscriber Podcast #12 - Reality Winner (and Russiagate)'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 124 – Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas? (and what the govt. is doing to help) - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-124-hollywood-run-ideas-govt-help/' title='ClandesTime 124 - Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas? (and what the govt. is doing to help)'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-124-Hollywood-Run-Out-Of-Ideas.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The book of Ecclesiastes tells us, ‘The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.’ Even the idea that there is nothing new is thousands of years old. This week we’re going to look at why Hollywood appears to have run out of ideas despite being one of the most innovative places on earth. As the studios have become more desperate for something we haven’t seen before they are increasingly turning to governments for help. I explore how the new models of soft reboots and cinematic universes have been encouraged and supported by the Pentagon, and how this is helping create a dynamic whereby government agencies are increasing their power in Hollywood.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-124-hollywood-run-ideas-govt-help/' title='ClandesTime 124 - Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas? (and what the govt. is doing to help)'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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Extra Bonus Podcast – House of Cards Season 1 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/extra-bonus-podcast-house-cards-season-1/' title='Extra Bonus Podcast - House of Cards Season 1'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/House-of-Cards-1.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">Pearse hosted this podcast for his subscribers but I am also making it available for those of you who <a href="https://www.patreon.com/tomsecker" target="_blank" rel="noopener">support me on Patreon</a> as well. In the first of three episodes, Pearse and I examine season 1 of the original (and superior) <em>House of Cards</em>, which follows Francis Urquhart's rise from Chief Whip to Prime Minister. In the coming months we will examine season 2 and 3, so stay tuned for those.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/extra-bonus-podcast-house-cards-season-1/' title='Extra Bonus Podcast - House of Cards Season 1'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 123 – Buster Crabb - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-123-buster-crabb/' title='ClandesTime 123 - Buster Crabb'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Buster-Crabb.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb, OBE, was a Royal Navy frogman and MI6 diver who disappeared while on an underwater spying mission in April 1956. For three quarters of a century the story around Crabb has remained a mystery – was he killed by the Soviets, whose ship he was spying on? Did he defect and assume a new identity? Did he die in an absurd, politically-charged accident? This week we examine the legend of Buster Crabb and zero in on the BBC’s attempts to make a documentary about his death, and how the British government intervened to stop them.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-123-buster-crabb/' title='ClandesTime 123 - Buster Crabb'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 122 – The Fake Sheikh and Red Mercury - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-122-fake-sheikh-red-mercury/' title='ClandesTime 122 - The Fake Sheikh and Red Mercury'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Fake-Sheikh-Red-Mercury.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In 2004 three men were arrested in the UK for trying to buy red mercury – a trigger for a nuclear bomb – from an undercover journalist working with British intelligence. This plot inspired multiple films and TV programmes and the resulting trial cost over £1 million. The problem is that ‘red mercury’ doesn’t exist. This week we examine the myth of red mercury, where it originated, how it was featured in state-sponsored entertainment and how it still hits the headlines today.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-122-fake-sheikh-red-mercury/' title='ClandesTime 122 - The Fake Sheikh and Red Mercury'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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Subscriber Podcast #11 – Contagion and the CDC’s PR Coup - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-11-contagion-cdcs-pr-coup/' title='Subscriber Podcast #11 - Contagion and the CDC's PR Coup'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Subscriber-Podcast-Contagion.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">The 2011 pandemic thriller <em>Contagion</em> was a massive PR boost for the CDC. In this month's <a href="https://www.patreon.com/tomsecker" target="_blank" rel="noopener">subscriber-only podcast</a> I examine the film and nearly 1000 pages of documents from the CDC about their involvement in helping to make the film, what they thought of it, and the promotional events they created around the movie's release. I explain how a running theme throughout the files is that the CDC are more than a public health agency, and function as another branch of the security state and foreign policy.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-11-contagion-cdcs-pr-coup/' title='Subscriber Podcast #11 - Contagion and the CDC's PR Coup'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 121 – Operation Terror - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-121-operation-terror/' title='ClandesTime 121 - Operation Terror'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Operation-Terror.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">This week I am joined by <a href="http://mediaroots.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Robbie Martin</a> and <a href="https://porkinspolicyreview.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pearse Redmond</a> to review and analyse the low budget conspiracy thriller <em>Operation Terror</em>. We analyse the plot – where a member of the Council on Foreign Relations recruits a CIA officer to prepare and carry out the 9/11 attacks – and why this is unrealistic. We note several examples of how the film incorporates elements from all over 9/11 conspiracy lore, but especially from Pilots for 9/11 Truth, one of the more wacky parts of the ‘truth’ movement. We ask whether the film is fan service for 9/11 truthers, and conclude that it reflects and represents a lot of the real characteristics of the 9/11 movement. This is a lengthy and very funny discussion that you won't want to miss.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-121-operation-terror/' title='ClandesTime 121 - Operation Terror'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 120 – The Pentagon’s Hostile Takeover of Hollywood - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-120-pentagons-hostile-takeover-hollywood/' title='ClandesTime 120 - The Pentagon's Hostile Takeover of Hollywood'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Pentagon-Hollywood.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In recent years the Pentagon have not only expanded their operations in the entertainment industry, they have aggressively and pro-actively tried to expand their influence on Hollywood. This week we take a look at how they are trying to cozy up to studio moguls, make friends and influence people, and get involved at the earliest stages of production. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-120-pentagons-hostile-takeover-hollywood/' title='ClandesTime 120 - The Pentagon's Hostile Takeover of Hollywood'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 119 – The Cinema of the Inside Job - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-119-cinema-inside-job/' title='ClandesTime 119 - The Cinema of the Inside Job'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Long-Kiss-Goodnight.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">The 1996 action thriller <em>The Long Kiss Goodnight</em> was only a modest commercial and critical success, but is a cult classic in the 9/11 ‘truth movement’ because it appears to predict the attacks. This week we analyse the film, its apparent predictive qualities, its commentary on the 1993 WTC bombing and its similarity to several CIA-assisted productions. We also consider other more recent examples of pop culture depicting ‘inside job’ conspiracy theories at the centre of their narratives, including <em>White House Down</em> and <em>Designated Survivor</em>.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-119-cinema-inside-job/' title='ClandesTime 119 - The Cinema of the Inside Job'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 118 – Ali Mohamed and the Entertainment Liaison Offices - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-118-ali-mohamed-entertainment-liaison-offices/' title='ClandesTime 118 - Ali Mohamed and the Entertainment Liaison Offices'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Ali-Mohamed-Entertainment-Liaison-Offices.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>What connects Al Qaeda to the Pentagon’s Entertainment Liaison Offices? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is Ali Mohamed – the triple agent who was Al Qaeda’s main terrorist trainer. This week we look at two films and a documentary to illustrate these connections and examine how they were influenced by the Pentagon’s propaganda machine.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-118-ali-mohamed-entertainment-liaison-offices/' title='ClandesTime 118 - Ali Mohamed and the Entertainment Liaison Offices'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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Subscriber Podcast #10 – The Censorship of James Bond - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-10-censorship-james-bond/' title='Subscriber Podcast #10 - The Censorship of James Bond'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/James-Bond-Censorship.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this month's subscriber-only podcast we explore the censorship of the one of the world's biggest film franchises - James Bond. The Bond movies have been subject to both moral/cultural censorship by the British Board of Film Classification, and political censorship by the Pentagon's entertainment liaison offices. This is a highly informative episode that fills in many of the blanks when trying to understand how these different institutions influence what we see on the big screen. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-10-censorship-james-bond/' title='Subscriber Podcast #10 - The Censorship of James Bond'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 117 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The 9/11 Intelligence ‘Failure’ - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-117-alternative-history-al-qaeda-911-intelligence-failure/' title='ClandesTime 117 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The 9/11 Intelligence 'Failure''><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/CIA-Sweeping.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In the five years running up to 9/11 the NSA were monitoring Osama Bin Laden's satellite phone and Al Qaeda's communication hub, and the CIA were closely following their key operatives, including to the so-called '9/11 summit' in Malaysia. So why didn't they prevent the attacks? This week we look at the 'failure' of the NSA, CIA and FBI to share important information and ask whether these intelligence failures were the result of deliberate decisions on the part of those responsible for preventing terrorist attacks.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-117-alternative-history-al-qaeda-911-intelligence-failure/' title='ClandesTime 117 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The 9/11 Intelligence 'Failure''>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 116 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Embassy Bombings - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-116-alternative-history-al-qaeda-embassy-bombings/' title='ClandesTime 116 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Embassy Bombings'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Embassy-Bombings.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>On August 7th 1998 two almost identical truck bombs exploded outside the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In this episode we look at the embassy bombings, their genesis and consequences. From the role of triple agent Ali Mohamed to the absurd circumstances of the explosion in Nairobi, this story reflects much of what we saw with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-116-alternative-history-al-qaeda-embassy-bombings/' title='ClandesTime 116 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Embassy Bombings'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 115 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Manchester Manual - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-115-alternative-history-al-qaeda-manchester-manual/' title='ClandesTime 115 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Manchester Manual'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Al-Qaeda-Manual-Open-Source-Allen-Dulles.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The Al Qaeda training manual ‘Military Studies in Jihad Against the Tyrants’ is one of the most important documents in the history of the terrorist gang. Perhaps more than any other artefact it encompasses the absurd contradictions of the War on Terror – people have been convicted for owning a copy, but for years it was available on the Justice Department’s website and on Amazon. This week we take a look at its origins, how it was discovered by Western authorities and what they used it for, as well as two woeful miscarriages of justice that resulted from it. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-115-alternative-history-al-qaeda-manchester-manual/' title='ClandesTime 115 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Manchester Manual'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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Subscriber Podcast #9 – The Mystery of the 2nd DOD-Hollywood Database - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-9-mystery-2nd-dod-hollywood-database/' title='Subscriber Podcast #9 - The Mystery of the 2nd DOD-Hollywood Database'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2nd-DOD-Hollywood-Database.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this month&#8217;s subscriber-only podcast I talk about some of my recent FOIA escapades, including my attempts to track down the 2nd Pentagon-Hollywood database.  The existence of this second database was revealed to me by the Marine Corps communications office, but both the Marine Corps and the Office of the Secretary of Defense deny that [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-9-mystery-2nd-dod-hollywood-database/' title='Subscriber Podcast #9 - The Mystery of the 2nd DOD-Hollywood Database'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 114 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ali Mohamed - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-114-alternative-history-al-qaeda-ali-mohamed/' title='ClandesTime 114 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ali Mohamed'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-114-Ali-Mohamed.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>What if I told you that the same man trained Meir Kahane’s killer, the World Trade Center bombers, the African embassy bombers and Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguards? What if this man was a member of the Egyptian Army unit that assassinated Anwar Sadat, and was a translator and close associate of Ayman Zawahiri? And what if he did all this while serving in the US Special Forces, as an FBI informant and working for the CIA? That man is Ali Mohamed, perhaps the most astonishing spy of recent times. This week we’re going to examine some of the key events in the story of Ali Mohamed and ask whether he was Bin Laden’s master spy in America, or the CIA’s master spy in Al Qaeda.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-114-alternative-history-al-qaeda-ali-mohamed/' title='ClandesTime 114 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ali Mohamed'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 113 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Destruction of Yugoslavia - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-113-alternative-history-al-qaeda-destruction-yugoslavia/' title='ClandesTime 113 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Destruction of Yugoslavia'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Ep-113-Yugoslavia.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The conventional explanation of how Yugoslavia 'fell apart' is that ethnic and religious tensions led to civil wars, necessitating the breakup of the country into a series of smaller states. The reality is that Yugoslavia was knowingly and willingly destroyed by NATO, with Al Qaeda playing a critical role in the wars in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. This week we examine these wars, the true motives behind them, how the conflicts progressed through the 1990s and into the 2000s, and how the CIA along with British and American Special Forces used Al Qaeda jihadis as a strategic proxy force. We also look at the presence of the mercenary firm MPRI, who operated in the Balkans throughout this period. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-113-alternative-history-al-qaeda-destruction-yugoslavia/' title='ClandesTime 113 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Destruction of Yugoslavia'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 112 – Billions - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-112-billions/' title='ClandesTime 112 - Billions'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Billions.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Pearse Redmond joins us to discuss the TV series <em>Billions</em>, which mixes elements of legal thrillers, human drama, sexual fetishes, 9/11 insider trading and deep politics. We examine the characters in the film and how they are metaphors for the philosophical conflict at the heart of American politics between individual free will and the need for government as a restricting force. In short, Axe represents Ayn Rand and Chuck represents James Madison. We also look at several supporting characters including the non-binary Taylor who works at Axe’s hedge fund, Chuck’s father and his deep political friend Black Jack Foley, and how both sides in this conflict use coded language and spycraft as weapons against the other.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-112-billions/' title='ClandesTime 112 - Billions'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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Subscriber Podcast #8 – Braindead - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-8-braindead/' title='Subscriber Podcast #8 - Braindead'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/BrainDead.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">In this month's <a href="https://www.patreon.com/tomsecker" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">subscriber-only podcast</a> I review the TV series <em>Braindead</em>, which is about an invading army of extraterrestrial bugs who burrow into people's heads and eat their brains. On top of this comic-horror there is a lot of well-observed satire about the polarised political climate we've experienced in the last couple of years and some highly original scenes showing how government works behind the scenes. I also go on about how great I think Mary Elizabeth Winstead is.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-8-braindead/' title='Subscriber Podcast #8 - Braindead'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 111 – The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-111-manchester-bombing-politics-fear/' title='ClandesTime 111 - The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-111-Manchester-Bombing-Politics.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The bombing in Manchester this week was an especially horrific act of terrorism. 22 people were killed and dozens more were injured – many of whom were children or teenagers who were exiting an Ariana Grande concert. This week I examine some of the questions I have about this bombing, and outline a lot of [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-111-manchester-bombing-politics-fear/' title='ClandesTime 111 - The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 110 – A Brief History of Suicide Hijackings - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-110-brief-history-suicide-hijackings/' title='ClandesTime 110 - A Brief History of Suicide Hijackings'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Suicide-Hijackings-Corder-White-House.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>After the 9/11 attacks we were told that no one could have predicted that terrorists would hijack planes and use them as missiles against buildings. This lie quickly fell apart when it emerged that NORAD – the US air defence command – had run training exercises in the years and months leading up to the attacks that included this scenario. The history of real life suicide hijackings is several decades old and offers a different way of understanding how predictable 9/11 really was. From the man who tried to assassinate Nixon by crashing a plane into the White House, to the jihadis who plotted to smash an airliner into the Eiffel Tower, this week’s episode looks into insane world of suicide hijackings.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-110-brief-history-suicide-hijackings/' title='ClandesTime 110 - A Brief History of Suicide Hijackings'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 109 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Bojinka Plot - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-109-alternative-history-al-qaeda-bojinka-plot/' title='ClandesTime 109 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Bojinka Plot'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-109-Bojinka.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The Bojinka plot was one of the most imaginative and potentially devastating terrorist plans ever. Conceived by Ramzi Yousef it centred around a scheme to blow up 10-12 airliners simultaneously, killing thousands of people, but it also included an assassination attempt on the Pope and crashing a plane into CIA headquarters. This week we take a closer look at Bojinka, its origins and genesis, and the theory that it was a prototype for the 9/11 attacks. We also examine Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, the brother in law of Osama Bin Laden and why he was never prosecuted for his role as the probable financier of the plot.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-109-alternative-history-al-qaeda-bojinka-plot/' title='ClandesTime 109 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Bojinka Plot'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 108b – Ramzi Yousef: A NeoConspiracy Theory - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-108b-ramzi-yousef-neoconspiracy-theory/' title='ClandesTime 108b - Ramzi Yousef: A NeoConspiracy Theory'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Ep108b-Ramzi-Yousef-NeoConspiracy-Theory.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this special bonus episode of ClandesTime we look at the theory that World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef was an agent of Iraqi intelligence. This theory, put forward by neoconservative analyst Laurie Mylroie, contributed to the false idea that Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s government were working together. But is there any truth to it?<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-108b-ramzi-yousef-neoconspiracy-theory/' title='ClandesTime 108b - Ramzi Yousef: A NeoConspiracy Theory'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 108 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ramzi Yousef - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-108-secret-history-al-qaeda-ramzi-yousef/' title='ClandesTime 108 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ramzi Yousef'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Ep-108-Ramzi-Yousef.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Ramzi Yousef is an international man of mystery who is currently serving a 240-year sentence in a Supermax prison for bombing the World Trade Center. He is the first of two major figures we have not looked at yet in our exploration of the WTC93 bombing, the other is Ali Mohamed who we will get to in a few episodes time. Today we're going to take a look at Yousef's life and career as a terrorist, some of the mysteries and theories that surround him, and the inevitable intelligence failures that helped him do what he did.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-108-secret-history-al-qaeda-ramzi-yousef/' title='ClandesTime 108 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ramzi Yousef'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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Subscriber Podcast #7 – The Pentagon and Political Correctness - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-7-pentagon-political-correctness/' title='Subscriber Podcast #7 - The Pentagon and Political Correctness'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Liberal-Hollywood.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">In this month's <a href="https://www.patreon.com/tomsecker" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">subscriber-only podcast</a> I look at the notion that Hollywood is a liberal propaganda machine supported by the government. Looking through the reports of the Pentagon's Entertainment Liaison Offices I find examples where a socially and politically conservative agenda, not a liberal agenda, is encouraged, enhanced and promoted by the DOD. From sending celebrities to Iraq to selectively working with advocacy groups to the story of why the Army wouldn't work on <em>Wife Swap</em> this is a provocative and highly amusing story that reveals a lot about the DOD's mentality.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-7-pentagon-political-correctness/' title='Subscriber Podcast #7 - The Pentagon and Political Correctness'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 107 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The TRADEBOM Investigation - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-107-an-alternative-history-of-al-qaeda-the-tradebom-investigation/' title='ClandesTime 107 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The TRADEBOM Investigation'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/TRADEBOM-investigation.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This week we take a look at TRADEBOM, the FBI's investigation into the World Trade Center bombing. We examine how the case broke after one of the bombers foolishly went back to the rental company to try to get a refund on the van they had blown up. Then we look at some of the problems the FBI encountered, from extremely dubious eyewitnesses to their own explosives expert giving false testimony. This led to confrontations in court and a very critical Inspector General's report. We round off looking at how the case set legal precedents for the 21st century War on Terror. I also attempt an impression of Mohammed Salameh. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-107-an-alternative-history-of-al-qaeda-the-tradebom-investigation/' title='ClandesTime 107 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The TRADEBOM Investigation'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 106 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The FBI and the WTC bombing - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-106-alternative-history-al-qaeda-fbi-wtc-bombing/' title='ClandesTime 106 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The FBI and the WTC bombing'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Emad-Salem.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The WTC bombing in 1993 was a massive embarrassment for the Bureau. It emerged at the resulting trials that the Bureau had an informant deep within the Al Kifah group, but fired him months before the bombing took place. This week we take a closer look at Emad Salem, the former Egyptian intelligence officer hired by the FBI to infiltrate the Blind Sheikh's circle. We examine why the Bureau fired him and then re-hired him after the bombing to act as an agent provocateur, the conspiracy theories resulting from this, and what the tapes between Salem and his handlers actually say.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-106-alternative-history-al-qaeda-fbi-wtc-bombing/' title='ClandesTime 106 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The FBI and the WTC bombing'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 105 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Blind Sheikh - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-105-alternative-history-al-qaeda-blind-sheikh/' title='ClandesTime 105 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Blind Sheikh'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-105.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was an Egyptian cleric who played a critical role in the early years of Al Qaeda. Rahman and his followers took over the New York branch of the MAK, an international fundraising and recruiting organisation that was central to the CIA's Operation Cyclone. His followers carried out several major crimes - the murders of the mosque's original imam Mustafa Shalabi and of Jewish Defence League founder Meir Kahane, as well at the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. However, Rahman was only allowed into the US due to CIA official granting him visas, and the police and FBI investigations into these crimes were very limited. In this episode we examine the Blind Sheikh's relationship with US intelligence, the murders committed by his followers, and why he managed to evade arrest for several years. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-105-alternative-history-al-qaeda-blind-sheikh/' title='ClandesTime 105 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Blind Sheikh'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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Subscriber Podcast #6 – Under Siege (no, not that one) - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-6-under-siege/' title='Subscriber Podcast #6 - Under Siege (no, not that one)'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Under-Siege-1986.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">In this month's <a href="https://www.patreon.com/tomsecker" target="_blank">subscriber-only podcast</a> Pearse and I discuss the 1986 TV movie <em>Under Siege</em>. Co-written by former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on the surface this is a liberal take on the Reagan White House, but underneath is a profoundly neoconservative film. When terrorists attack the US on a large scale the CIA and the military want to immediately take revenge on Iran, but the FBI director wants to hold back until they know who was responsible. <em>Under Siege</em> was refused permission to shoot in the Washington DC area after officials from the agencies depicted in the film reviewed the script. We analyse the politics of this TV movie, the ambiguities throughout its story, how it predicted the post-9/11 world very accurately, and ask whether it is a bit of journalists' fantasy or something more serious.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-6-under-siege/' title='Subscriber Podcast #6 - Under Siege (no, not that one)'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 104 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Four Models - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-104-alternative-history-al-qaeda-four-models/' title='ClandesTime 104 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Four Models'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Al-Qaeda-Four-Models.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Beginning a new series on the history of Al Qaeda, this week I provide the basis for what's coming in the next several episodes. What is or was Al Qaeda? Four distinct models have been proposed to try to answer this question so I outline each, drawing on the works of Rohan Gunaratna, Jason Burke/Adam Curtis, Nafeez Ahmed and Daniele Ganser. While drawing no specific conclusions this presents more subtle and complex way of viewing the ongoing War on Terror, and provides an interpretive framework for the specific cases we're going to examine in this series. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-104-alternative-history-al-qaeda-four-models/' title='ClandesTime 104 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Four Models'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 103 – MI5 Censorship of Panorama - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-103-mi5-censorship-panorama/' title='ClandesTime 103 - MI5 Censorship of Panorama'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Censorship-of-Panorama.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In 1980 the BBC's documentary series Panorama began developing an episode on British intelligence. This was the first of its kind, at least by such a prominent and respected series, but both the central government and the intelligence agencies were not happy. Over a period of several months they put pressure on the BBC, trying to stop the programme from being broadcast. When this failed they considered using the government veto to prevent it from airing, and ultimately ended up heavily censoring the documentary via a secret preview screening with MI5. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-103-mi5-censorship-panorama/' title='ClandesTime 103 - MI5 Censorship of Panorama'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 102 – Was Richard Whiteley a Spy? - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-102-richard-whiteley-spy/' title='ClandesTime 102 - Was Richard Whiteley a Spy?'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Ep-102-Richard-Whiteley-Spy.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">Richard Whiteley is best known for presenting the popular afternoon quiz show <em>Countdown</em>, and Ricky Tomlinson is best known for starring in the popular sitcom <em>The Royle Family</em>. Back in the 1970s things were very different. This week we examine Tomlinson's recent allegation that Whiteley was a 'member' of the security services, due to his role presenting an 1973 documentary that influenced the trial of the Shrewsbury 24 - including Tomlinson. This trial, and this documentary, were the British establishment's revenge against Tomlinson and other leaders of the 1972 Building Workers Strike. Amidst an ongoing cover-up I examine the plausibility of Tomlinson's allegation that Whiteley was a spy, and the unconvincing denial of the allegation by Whiteley's former partner.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-102-richard-whiteley-spy/' title='ClandesTime 102 - Was Richard Whiteley a Spy?'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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Subscriber Podcast #5 – The Pentagon’s Hollywood Database - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-5-pentagons-hollywood-database/' title='Subscriber Podcast #5 - The Pentagon's Hollywood Database'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Database.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this month&#8217;s subscriber podcast I talk about the Pentagon&#8217;s database on their collaboration with Hollywood &#8211; what it is, how I got it and what it contains. I highlight some of the more provocative and politically relevant entries and provide details on how the Pentagon rewrote elements of films such as Forrest Gump and [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/subscriber-podcast-5-pentagons-hollywood-database/' title='Subscriber Podcast #5 - The Pentagon's Hollywood Database'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 101 – Nightcrawler - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-101-nightcrawler/' title='ClandesTime 101 - Nightcrawler'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Nightcrawler.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;"><em>Nightcrawler</em> is one of those rare films that is beautifully written, very well executed and is about something that actually matters. It tells the story of Lou Bloom, a young man in poverty-struck Los Angeles who gets into nightcrawling - filming violent crimes and accidents and selling the footage to TV news. In this episode <a href="https://porkinspolicyreview.com/" target="_blank">Pearse</a> and I conduct an extensive analysis and review of the film, exploring many different interpretations that often contradict each other. Is Lou a sociopath, or the product of economic circumstances and a media culture that turns violence into a fetish? Are his cohorts Rick (his assistant) and Nina (the director of the news channel) just as guilty and complicit in what happens? Is his rival nightcrawler Joe Loder actually worse than Lou? These and many more questions are explored in this epic discussion.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-101-nightcrawler/' title='ClandesTime 101 - Nightcrawler'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 100 – Sex, Violence and Censorship - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-100-sex-violence-censorship/' title='ClandesTime 100 - Sex, Violence and Censorship'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Why do we censor films? Intuitively we all know the answer to this question - because there are some things we don't want to see on the screen. In this episode we examine film censorship, focusing primarily on the treatment of cinematic violence by the MPAA and BBFC. Using Walter Benjamin's Critique of Violence as a foundation I discuss how societies are attempts to rationalise violence and determine what are legitimate and illegitimate uses of force. We then look at how censorship does not do much to limit the scale or type of violence shown on screen, but instead prevents the depiction of the consequences of violence, the suffering and pain, before talking about how this kind of censorship influences our views of real-world violence, especially that committed by the state. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-100-sex-violence-censorship/' title='ClandesTime 100 - Sex, Violence and Censorship'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 099 – Jack Valenti - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-099-jack-valenti/' title='ClandesTime 099 - Jack Valenti'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Jack-Valenti.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Jack Valenti was a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, a consultant to the State Department and the third head of the MPAA. In this episode we look at his life, focusing in two key areas - the introduction of the film classification ratings system and Valenti's connections with the CIA.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-099-jack-valenti/' title='ClandesTime 099 - Jack Valenti'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 098 – Eric Johnston - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-098-eric-johnston1/' title='ClandesTime 098 - Eric Johnston'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Johnston-Dulles.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Eric Johnston was the second head of the MPAA, a high level political operative and a friend of CIA director Allen Dulles. In this episode we take a look at his life and work, from his role instituting the Hollywood blacklist to his relationships with the FBI and CIA. From his meeting with high level businessmen after a trip to the Soviet Union and his liberalising of the production code and promotion of American films in foreign markets to his testimony at HUAC, this story encompasses much of the deep politics of Hollywood.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-098-eric-johnston1/' title='ClandesTime 098 - Eric Johnston'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 097 – Sterling Hayden - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-097-sterling-hayden/' title='ClandesTime 097 - Sterling Hayden'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Sterling-Hayden.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">Sterling Hayden's life encompassed many important events and periods of the 20th century. A lifelong seaman he joined the Marine Corps and the OSS during World War 2, running smuggling operations to support anti-fascist partisans in Yugoslavia. He was also a movie star, famously appearing in <em>The Godfather</em> and in two Stanley Kubrick films - <em>The Killing</em> and <em>Dr Strangelove</em>. In this episode we take a look at the life and times of this fascinating man - from his time as a secret agent to testifying before anti-Communist congressional hearings to his relationship with Kubrick - and how his life has been referenced and reflected in movies.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-097-sterling-hayden/' title='ClandesTime 097 - Sterling Hayden'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 096 – Unreal - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-096-unreal/' title='ClandesTime 096 - Unreal'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Unreal.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;"><em>Unreal</em> is a gripping and brutal satire of reality TV but it is much more than that. While this might sound like a drama about a trivial subject, the content of <em>Unreal </em>makes it one of the most serious and important TV series of recent years. It follows two female producers as they make a romance-themed reality show, highlighting the degree to which they're willing to manipulate the contestants in order to produce 'good TV'. The psychological and moral impact of this on the production crew - particularly the junior producer Rachel - is quite awful, and she rebounds between depression and megalomania as a result. This week we take a deeper look at this series, examining its commentary on what constitutes 'entertaiment' and how that is made, through its complex politics of gender and race to the constant use and subversion of stereotypes.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-096-unreal/' title='ClandesTime 096 - Unreal'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 095 – The CIA and Top Chef - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-095-cia-top-chef/' title='ClandesTime 095 - The CIA and Top Chef'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/CIA-Top-Chef.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The CIA finally jumped on the cooking-themed reality TV propaganda bandwagon in 2010 when they hosted an episode of <em>Top Chef</em>. This week we take a look at the episode in question, how it flattered the CIA, and how <em>Top Chef</em> has involved numerous government agencies and departments. We round off looking at some of the reasons why cooking programmes make for effective propaganda.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-095-cia-top-chef/' title='ClandesTime 095 - The CIA and Top Chef'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 094 – How Many Films has the Pentagon Supported? - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-094-many-films-pentagon-supported/' title='ClandesTime 094 - How Many Films has the Pentagon Supported?'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Pentagon-Films-Transformers.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The Department of Defense is the government agency with the largest and most influential operations in Hollywood. But to how many films have they provided production assistance? How many movies have they supported? In this episode we explore the answer to this question, why it is so difficult to answer conclusively and why this matters.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-094-many-films-pentagon-supported/' title='ClandesTime 094 - How Many Films has the Pentagon Supported?'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 093 – The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-093-pentagon-cinematic-universe/' title='ClandesTime 093 - The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Pentagon-Cinematic-Universe.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">In less than 10 years Marvel has created the biggest money-making film franchise of all time with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this probably wouldn't have been possible without the help of the Pentagon. In this episode we examine the rise of the MCU, the Pentagon's involvement, and the fallout of their disagreements when making <em>The Avengers</em>. We round off looking at the creative implications of the cinematic universe becoming the new model for Hollywood.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-093-pentagon-cinematic-universe/' title='ClandesTime 093 - The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 092 – Conspiracy Theories: The False Flag Exercise Hypothesis - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-092-conspiracy-theories-false-flag-exercise-hypothesis/' title='ClandesTime 092 - Conspiracy Theories: The False Flag Exercise Hypothesis'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/False-Flag-Exercise.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>9/11. The 7/7 London Bombings. The Boston Marathon. The Paris Massacre. This episode we take a look at the false flag exercise theory, which has become the default alternative media interpretation of these events. We examine the theory's history in military deception techniques, its origins as a popular conspiracy theory and how it has been encouraged in state sponsored popular culture.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-092-conspiracy-theories-false-flag-exercise-hypothesis/' title='ClandesTime 092 - Conspiracy Theories: The False Flag Exercise Hypothesis'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 091 – The CIA and James Bond - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-091-cia-james-bond/' title='ClandesTime 091 - The CIA and James Bond'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ep91-CIA-James-Bond.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">What connects JFK, Allen Dulles and the CIA's invasion at the Bay of Pigs to the movies <em>Thunderball</em> and <em>Goldfinger</em>? The answer is the relationship between the CIA and James Bond. In this episode we look at Fleming's decades-long relationship with American intelligence, from the OSS through to the CIA, and how Dulles' friendship with Fleming allowed the Agency to quietly improve their public image via the James Bond novels. We also examine how the CIA were invited to a screening of Goldfinger by Charles Russhon - the military consultant and technical advisor on the early Bond movies. Rounding off with the story of the CIA's secret support for the movie of <em>Thunderball </em>and its connections to JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis, this is an epic exploration of the relationships between popular culture, high politics and intelligence.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-091-cia-james-bond/' title='ClandesTime 091 - The CIA and James Bond'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 090 – Elections as National Trauma - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-090-elections-national-trauma/' title='ClandesTime 090 - Elections as National Trauma'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Election-National-Trauma.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">Today we welcome back Robbie Martin of <a href="http://mediaroots.org/" target="_blank">Media Roots</a> and <a href="http://averyheavyagenda.com/" target="_blank">A Very Heavy Agenda</a> to discuss the psychological impact of the most fierce and fearful US election in recent memory. We discuss the polarisation both in the US over the presidential election and in the UK over the EU referendum, before looking at the string of 'October Surprises' that have dominated the news in recent weeks. We round off by talking about the new Adam Curtis documentary <em>Hypernormalisation</em> and our reservations about the glowing critical and popular response it has received.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-090-elections-national-trauma/' title='ClandesTime 090 - Elections as National Trauma'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 089 – Conspiracy Theories: The Moon Landings - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-089-conspiracy-theories-moon-landings/' title='ClandesTime 089 - Conspiracy Theories: The Moon Landings'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Moon-Landing.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>I don't believe any of the alternative theories about the moon landings but this week I thought it would be fun to explore some of the arguments around these seminal events. We begin by looking at some of the arguments people have made in support of the conspiracy theories and the questions they overlook and evidence they do not have. I then take a look at why there are both optimistic (secret space program) and pessimistic (we never went) conspiracy theories about the moon landings and whether this is a good thing.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-089-conspiracy-theories-moon-landings/' title='ClandesTime 089 - Conspiracy Theories: The Moon Landings'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 088 – Roar - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-088-roar/' title='ClandesTime 088 - Roar'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Roar.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;"><em>Roar</em> is a truly unique piece of cinema, possibly the most dangerous and brave and crazy film ever made. This week I take a look at this fascinating production which took 11 years to make, cost over $15 million and put most of its cast and crew in the hospital. The result is a magical, terrifying, hilarious story of the power of nature, the dangers inherent in our relationship with it and of good intentions gone badly wrong.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-088-roar/' title='ClandesTime 088 - Roar'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 087 – Rorschach Politics and the US Election - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-087-rorschach-politics-us-election/' title='ClandesTime 087 - Rorschach Politics and the US Election'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Rorschach-Politics.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This has been a presidential election campaign like no other, where both sides are cynically exploiting identity politics and the loathsome nature of their opponent to try to seize political capital. In this episode I try to offer a new take on the election and outline a concept I'm calling 'Rorschach politics' where the candidates are little more than ink blots onto which their supporters project their desires and dreams. I analyse the hypocrisy at the heart of the 'liberal consensus' and the psychological and political origins of the 'alt right' before tentatively offering some possible solutions to this total fucking quagmire.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-087-rorschach-politics-us-election/' title='ClandesTime 087 - Rorschach Politics and the US Election'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 086 – The Cinema of the Soviet-Afghan War - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-086-cinema-soviet-afghan-war/' title='ClandesTime 086 - The Cinema of the Soviet-Afghan War'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Afghan-Mujahideen.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The Soviet-Afghan War helped bring down the Soviet Union and encouraged the rise of Al Qaeda and Islamism. The films about this war have been sponsored by both Western governments - Britain, the USA and Israel - and by Russia. This week I look at these films, their state sponsorship and how they portray both the Red Army and the Mujahideen, with some surprising results. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-086-cinema-soviet-afghan-war/' title='ClandesTime 086 - The Cinema of the Soviet-Afghan War'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 085 – WW2 Spies and Hyperreality - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-085-ww2-spies-and-hyperreality/' title='ClandesTime 085 - WW2 Spies and Hyperreality'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Mutt-and-Jeff-Hyperreality.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Mutt and Jeff were a pair of Norwegian double agents during WW2, named after the popular cartoon characters. They played a crucial role in deceiving the Nazi intelligence apparatus by taking part in false flag sabotage and deception operations. Several of these operations have very curious codenames including Operation GUY FAWKES and Operation BUNBURY. In this episode I dwell on the relevance of MI5 operations sourcing their codenames from historical and fictional figures. I also analyse how an episode of <em>Spooks</em> in 2002 foreshadowed the declassification of government documents on these WW2 operations, before asking if MI5 are suffering from hyperreality.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-085-ww2-spies-and-hyperreality/' title='ClandesTime 085 - WW2 Spies and Hyperreality'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 084 – A Very Heavy Agenda - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-084-heavy-agenda/' title='ClandesTime 084 - A Very Heavy Agenda'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Very-Heavy-Agenda-1.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">Today we take a look at the documentary series <em>A Very Heavy Agenda</em> by Robbie Martin, which I reviewed a few weeks ago. This is a very in depth conversation where we get into numerous elements covered in Robbie's documentary including: the Kagan family, what the neocons have been up to during the Obama administration and leading into the current presidential election, the philosophy and strategy of neoconservatism and the geopolitics of NATO and Russia. Robbie's documentary series is an excellent watch and extremely informative so if you enjoy this conversation then don't miss it.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-084-heavy-agenda/' title='ClandesTime 084 - A Very Heavy Agenda'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Hollywood 15 – SALT - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-15-salt/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 15 - SALT'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/SALT.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">Rounding off this second season we take a look at <em>SALT</em>, the 2010 action thriller starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA officer accused of being a Russian sleeper agent. <em>SALT</em> is one of the less well known CIA-assisted productions, but along with technical advice from former CIA officer Melissa Boyle Mahle the producers also consulted with the CIA themselves in a video conference. There is also a very weird story involving one of the extras in the opening sequence in North Korea. We analyse the mystery of Evelyn Salt's underwear and then the conversation hones in on Russia, who in 2010 were not on the news agenda, and how this movie predicted the rise of the 'new Cold War' that is commonplace in most current spy films and TV shows. </p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-15-salt/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 15 - SALT'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Hollywood 14 – Zero Dark Thirty - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-14-zero-dark-thirty/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 14 - Zero Dark Thirty'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/CIA-Hollywood-Zero-Dark-Thirty.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://mediaroots.org/" target="_blank">Robbie Martin</a> is our final guest for this season as we dissect the 2012 docudrama <em>Zero Dark Thirty</em>. We discussed the difficulty in defining what kind of film this is - somewhere between a spy thriller, a documentary and a dry European art house movie. We get into the well-documented CIA support for the film and ask why this is the only major movie about the Abbottabad raid to get 'Bin Laden' and why it wasn't particularly successful. Was the film meant to serve as a substitute for any real evidence of what happened in Abbottabad in 2011? Did the filmmakers even care whether what they were portraying was true or were they blinded by the excitement of the special access they were granted?</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-14-zero-dark-thirty/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 14 - Zero Dark Thirty'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Hollywood 13 – Race to Witch Mountain - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-13-race-witch-mountain/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 13 - Race to Witch Mountain'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Race-to-Witch-Mountain.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">James Evan Pilato is our latest guest as we dissect the 2009 Disney UFO adventure <em>Race to Witch Mountain</em>. We start off looking at Disney as a corporation - its long standing interest in UFOs and extraterrestrials, the connections to government agencies and their recent takeover of the fantasy genre. We then get into <em>Race to Witch Mountain</em> itself - a strange blend of a kids' movie, a love letter to the UFO culture and an homage to spy thrillers especially <em>Enemy of the State</em>. Next, we examine the deliberately hyperreal nature of the film and dwell on the effects of a fantasy movie set in the real world with real people. A children's movie about 'illegal aliens' being pursued under the Patriot Act is not Hollywood's typical output.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-13-race-witch-mountain/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 13 - Race to Witch Mountain'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Hollywood 12 – American Ultra - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-12-american-ultra/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 12 - American Ultra'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/American-Ultra.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">Adam from <a href="http://tmpodcast.com/" target="_blank">Themes and Memes</a> is our guest to talk about the 2015 action comedy <em>American Ultra</em>. We start by trying to define this film, which is an intense mixture of cartoonish ultra violence, CIA covert operations, romance, comedy and horror, looking at the dissociating nature of this blend. The intentions of screenwriter Max Landis and the director Nima Nourizadeh are discussed and we ask whether they were reaching out to the CIA or trying to flatter them by making MKULTRA seem cool to stoners and young people. We go on to look at the prominence of female and often maternal characters in modern spy fiction, particular in CIA-assisted productions and ask what difference this makes to how these films and TV shows portray the CIA as a whole.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-12-american-ultra/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 12 - American Ultra'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Hollywood 11 – The Men Who Stare at Goats - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-11-men-stare-goats/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 11 - The Men Who Stare at Goats'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Men-Who-Stare-at-Goats.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><a href="https://jaysanalysis.com/" target="_blank">Jay Dyer</a> joins us for this episode where we analyse the 2009 comedy <em>The Men Who Stare at Goats</em>, loosely based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name. It tells the story of a journalist who is inducted into the world of psychic soldiers during the Iraq war. The movie goes on to explain some of the history behind the First Earth Battalion, an experimental Pentagon unit devoted to developing a new generation of super soldier informed by the hippy and New Age movements. We examine what the film leaves out, especially in the form of MKULTRA and similar CIA projects and experiments with similar aims, and ask whether the purpose was not to emplore '<span class="st">How could love and peace help win wars?</span>' but to weaponise New Age philosophy and the New Age movement.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-11-men-stare-goats/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 11 - The Men Who Stare at Goats'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Hollywood 10 – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-10-confessions-dangerous-mind/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 10 - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Confessions-of-a-Dangerous-Mind.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Aaron Franz joins us to discuss the 2002 biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which tells the story of game show producer and host Chuck Barris. Barris claims that while becoming a TV star he was recruited by and worked for the CIA as an assassin, killing a total of 33 people. In this episode we analyse this claim, which has been dismissed by the Agency as a ludicrous fantasy. We examine Barris' true life history, focusing in on his marriage to Lyn Levy - the daughter of one of the founders of CBS - and his incredibly selfish relationship with their daughter Della. None of this appears in the film so taking this into account we consider whether Barris was a CIA assassin, a psychopathic fabricator or an emotionally warped narcissist (or all of these things rolled into one). If Barris truly was a CIA agent then what was his job? Was he an assassin, or did they employ him to 'slay the audience' by developing the prototypes for reality TV? <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-10-confessions-dangerous-mind/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 10 - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Hollywood 09 – Good Night, and Good Luck - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-09-good-night-and-good-luck/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 09 - Good Night, and Good Luck'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Good-Night-and-Good-Luck.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>We welcome Ed Opperman to the series and discuss the 2005 docudrama Good Night, and Good Luck which retells the story of the 1954 confrontation between senator Joe McCarthy and television journalist Ed Murrow of CBS. In this episode we take a sideways look at the historical events and ask why Clooney and Heslov chose to lionise not just Murrow but the whole See it Now/CBS crew. We try to persuade Ed of an alternative interpretation of events, with Murrow not quite being the heroic counter-establishment figure of the film and CBS being a rotten media organisation with deep ties to the CIA.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-09-good-night-and-good-luck/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 09 - Good Night, and Good Luck'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Hollywood 08 – The Quiet American - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-08-quiet-american/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 08 - The Quiet American'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/CIA-Quiet-American-1958.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'><p style="text-align: left;">In this first episode of the new season Pearse and I discuss the 1958 spy drama <em>The Quiet American</em>, adapted from the novel by Graham Greene. We focus in on the role of Air Force and CIA officer Ed Lansdale's relationship with the film-maker Joseph Mankiewicz, and how the CIA were involved in assisting Mankiewicz the first major American movie to be filmed in Vietnam. Mankiewicz met Lansdale in Vietnam while doing research for the movie and, apparently unaware that Lansdale is one of the inspirations for the Pyle character in the original book, befriended him. Lansdale later reviewed the script and wrote to Mankiewicz encouraging the changes he had made to the storyline and characters.</p><table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cia-hollywood-08-quiet-american/' title='The CIA and Hollywood 08 - The Quiet American'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 083 – The CIA and Hollywood season 2 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-083-cia-hollywood-season-2/' title='ClandesTime 083 - The CIA and Hollywood season 2'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Angelina-Jolie-Salt.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Tomorrow we begin releasing season 2 of The CIA and Hollywood so in this short episode I preview what is coming, announce the launch of my <a href="http://www.patreon.com/tomsecker" target="_blank">Patreon campaign</a> and rant about Angelina Jolie. I outline how the new season of The CIA and Hollywood is split between films that were made with CIA support or assistance, and films that appear to be overtures or love letters to the Agency. I explain why I have started a Patreon campaign and how you can contribute, before outlining Jolie's various government connections and how she is an important figure in liberal interventionism.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-083-cia-hollywood-season-2/' title='ClandesTime 083 - The CIA and Hollywood season 2'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 082 – The Foreigner - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-082-foreigner/' title='ClandesTime 082 - The Foreigner'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Foreigner.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The Foreigner stars Jackie Chan and former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, and is directed by two-time Bond director Martin Campbell. In February the film-makers blew up a bus in central London in a sequence that was spookily reminiscent of the 7/7 London bombings of 2005. To see if this similarity was a concern for the government agencies who approved and assisted The Foreigner filming in London, I filed a series of FOIA requests. In this episode we explore the responses, including evidence that the FOIA laws are applied with a criminal level of inconsistency. We round off by asking whether the producers of this film and the government officials who assisted them are guilty of glorifying terrorism via simulations like this.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-082-foreigner/' title='ClandesTime 082 - The Foreigner'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 081 – Uncle the Podcast - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-081-uncle-podcast/' title='ClandesTime 081 - Uncle the Podcast'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Uncle-the-Podcast.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this bonus episode we welcome special guests Aaron and Uncle of Uncle the Podcast, a new real-life comedy podcast which is one of my favourite shows. We chat about Uncle and Aaron's hopes and dreams for the show and why they started the Uncle the Podcast. We take a look at two spy films - XXX starring Vin Diesel and The Accidental Spy starring Jackie Chan - before wrapping up looking at Aaron and Uncle's social media experiments and what the future has in store. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-081-uncle-podcast/' title='ClandesTime 081 - Uncle the Podcast'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 080 – United 93 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-080-united-93/' title='ClandesTime 080 - United 93'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-United-93.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>United 93 was one of the first major films on the 9/11 attacks, and was praised for its in-depth research and docudrama realism. However, underneath the engrossing cinéma vérité style is a story of the US air defences that morning based almost entirely on the 9/11 Commission. This week we examine United 93 in the context of (1) the Pentagon's ever-changing version of events about their failure to intercept or prevent the 9/11 attacks (2) producer Michael Bronner's attempts to debunk suspicions and conspiracy theories about the attacks and (3) the DOD's involvement in the production of the film. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-080-united-93/' title='ClandesTime 080 - United 93'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 079 – Wild Things - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-079-wild-things/' title='ClandesTime 079 - Wild Things'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Wild-Things.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Wild Things is a 1998 erotic thriller which is usually seen as a tacky, trashy sex movie set in the glossy upper class world of Blue Bay, Florida. This week we take a closer look at this film, examining its complex plot as a clue to what lies beneath the bikini-clad surface. We examine various aspects of the film that are hallmarks of classical theatre, from the soundtrack as a Greek chorus to the theme of water as a form of catharsis that runs throughout the film. The concept of theatre-within-theatre is also explored, focusing on two scenes in the film where the producers are self-consciously admitting what it is they are doing. We round off talking about the implications of the film for a modern America that is largely ignorant of its classical roots. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-079-wild-things/' title='ClandesTime 079 - Wild Things'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 078 – Chase Brandon: The CIA’s Man in Hollywood - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-078-chase-brandon/' title='ClandesTime 078 - Chase Brandon: The CIA's Man in Hollywood'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Chase-Brandon.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Chase Brandon was the CIA's first Entertainment Industry Liaison. From 1996 to early 2007 he was the CIA's man in Hollywood, working on a dozen major movies and numerous high-profile TV shows. In this episode we examine the background of the CIA in the entertainment industry and how they founded their Entertainment Liaison Office and appointed Brandon in charge of it. We also discuss Brandon's career, especially his attempts to downplay and disguise his influence on entertainment including ghost-writing The Recruit. We finish up talking about how he helped TV series The Agency to predict the future, and the links between Brandon and the film Wag the Dog. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-078-chase-brandon/' title='ClandesTime 078 - Chase Brandon: The CIA's Man in Hollywood'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 077 – Phil Strub: DOD Entertainment Liaison - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-077-phil-strub-dod-entertainment-liaison/' title='ClandesTime 077 - Phil Strub: DOD Entertainment Liaison'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Phil-Strub.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Phil Strub has been the Pentagon's Hollywood liaison since 1989, in which time the entertainment liaison offices have helped produce over 100 films. In this episode we take a closer look at Phil Strub, his background, how he came to be the DOD's Hollywood liaison and his curious habit of downplaying or minimising the role of the Pentagon in the entertainment industry. We examine his statements in an interview on The Kojo Nnamdi Show and his claims that the DOD weren't involved in Tomorrow Never Dies and withdrew co-operation from The Avengers. We finish up with a brief look at the recurring themes and worldviews in the films with which Strub and the Pentagon have collaborated.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-077-phil-strub-dod-entertainment-liaison/' title='ClandesTime 077 - Phil Strub: DOD Entertainment Liaison'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 076 – Walt Disney and the FBI - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-076-walt-disney-fbi/' title='ClandesTime 076 - Walt Disney and the FBI'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Walt-Disney-FBI.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Disney are one of the world's largest movie studios and producers of entertainment. They have enjoyed this status for decades, recently acquiring both the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, among the most profitable in the cinema industry. The relationship between the corporation and government agencies has been almost continuous for more than half a century. In this episode we look in particular at the relationship between Disney and the FBI, including Walt Disney's role as an FBI informant and how the FBI shaped Disney propaganda about the Bureau. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-076-walt-disney-fbi/' title='ClandesTime 076 - Walt Disney and the FBI'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 075 – The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part II: The Government Connections - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-075-secret-world-tom-clancy-part-ii-government-connections/' title='ClandesTime 075 - The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part II: The Government Connections'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Clancy-Government-Connections.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Tom Clancy's books are known for their technical accuracy, their political realism and their curious ability to foreshadow future events. In this episode we explore his government connections - to the FBI, CIA, Pentagon and the White House. We examine whether these connections are what enabled Clancy to write such prophetic fiction, and the impact of that on his readers. We also look at the influence of Clancy's work on the government, from an elaborate inside joke within the CIA to the reading habits of Ronald Reagan. We round off looking at two possible Clancy copycats, both American men who flew planes into buildings (one before 9/11 and one after). <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-075-secret-world-tom-clancy-part-ii-government-connections/' title='ClandesTime 075 - The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part II: The Government Connections'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 074 – The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part I – The Films - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-074-secret-world-tom-clancy-part-i-films/' title='ClandesTime 074 - The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part I - The Films'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/TheSecretWorldofTomClancyPartI.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Tom Clancy was one of the most popular spy authors of all time, but was he a spy himself? What are the nature of his government connections? How were the film adaptations of his novels supported by the Pentagon and the CIA? What script changes were made by the DOD in exchange for their support? In Part I of this two-part podcast we examine five Tom Clancy films - The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. I outline the government involvement in each adaptation and the censorship involved in their production. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-074-secret-world-tom-clancy-part-i-films/' title='ClandesTime 074 - The Secret World of Tom Clancy Part I - The Films'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 073 – Conspiracy Mockumentaries - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-073-conspiracy-mockumentaries/' title='ClandesTime 073 - Conspiracy Mockumentaries'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ConspiracyMockumentaries.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Mockumentary is perhaps the best sub-genre of cinema, and conspiracy-themed mockumentaries even more so. In this episode we look at four films - The Conspiracy, The Last Broadcast, Trollhunter and Apollo 18 - and examine why conspiracy mockumentaries are so good. The blend of realistic documentary formats with fantastical and absurd subjects not only makes for very original and entertaining watching but also affirms and subverts the conspiracy culture at the same time. I consider the effect of this on the watching audience, and on their opinions of what is plausible vs. what is implausible.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-073-conspiracy-mockumentaries/' title='ClandesTime 073 - Conspiracy Mockumentaries'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 072 – The Pentagon in Hollywood: The Enemy Image - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-072-pentagon-in-hollywood-enemy-image/' title='ClandesTime 072 - The Pentagon in Hollywood: The Enemy Image'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime072-EnemyImage-Pentagon.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The philosophy of Carl Schmitt asserts that for a state to be identifiable and legitimate it has to employ an enemy image - the perception of a threat from the Other. In this episode we explore whether this philosophy has been adopted by the Pentagon as part of their operations in the entertainment industry. I conclude that there is a major exception - namely China - who the Pentagon do not want to be part of the enemy image portrayed by Hollywood, and speculate as to the reasons why this is. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-072-pentagon-in-hollywood-enemy-image/' title='ClandesTime 072 - The Pentagon in Hollywood: The Enemy Image'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 071 – The X-Files Season 10 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-071-the-x-files-season-ten/' title='ClandesTime 071 - The X-Files Season 10'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-X-Files-Season10.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The X-Files new mini-season has been accused of being an admission of truth by the global elite, a type of predictive programming and an attack on conspiracy theorists. In this episode we explore the possibility that it promotes conspiracy theories and conspiracism as a way of thinking far more than it mocks or discourages those things. I highlight several scenes from throughout the new season that show how in particular the Mulder and Tad O'Malley characters are designed to draw the attention and sympathy of conspiracy theorists. I finish up looking at how Spooks was doing a similar thing 10 years ago with the theory that Princess Diana was assassinated.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-071-the-x-files-season-ten/' title='ClandesTime 071 - The X-Files Season 10'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 070 – Fun With FOIA: Part II - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-070-fun-with-foia-part-ii/' title='ClandesTime 070 - Fun With FOIA: Part II'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime070-FunwithFOIAPartII.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This short episode is an update on my recent Freedom of Information fun. I talk about my successful and not so successful requests to the Pentagon and my ongoing struggle with the Foreign Office to reveal further details of their involvement in the entertainment industry. Finally I outline my efforts to find out more information about how a movie crew was allowed to blow up a bus in central London and why the MOD, MI5 and MI6 were told in advance but the public wasn't. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-070-fun-with-foia-part-ii/' title='ClandesTime 070 - Fun With FOIA: Part II'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 069 – Political Correctness Gone Mad - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-069-political-correctness-gone-mad/' title='ClandesTime 069 - Political Correctness Gone Mad'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Recent stories focusing on the 'migrant crisis' and 'the Cologne attacks' - among other incidents - are provoking racial and religious tensions in Europe. In this episode I look at the simple-minded dialogue around these trends and events, identifying the Russian state as playing a critical role in the incitement. I recount some of my recent experiences of calling out RT and Sputnik for their thinly-disguised propaganda on the questions of immigration and multiculturalism, before articulating some of the supreme ironies of our modern 'political correctness'.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-069-political-correctness-gone-mad/' title='ClandesTime 069 - Political Correctness Gone Mad'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 068 – The Death of David Bowie - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-068-the-death-of-david-bowie/' title='ClandesTime 068 - The Death of David Bowie'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/TheDeathofDavidBowie.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This week a little over 1 million people will die. Only one of them was David Bowie. In this episode I look at celebrity worship and the manufactured grief that results when a famous person dies. Why do people want to become celebrities? Why do people worship them? Why do so many celebrities commit suicide? Why do celebrity followers engage in all kinds of hypocrisy and special pleading in response to being reminded that famous people are just people?<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-068-the-death-of-david-bowie/' title='ClandesTime 068 - The Death of David Bowie'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 067 – 2015 in State Sponsored Movies: A Year in Review - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-067-2015-in-state-sponsored-movies-a-year-in-review/' title='ClandesTime 067 - 2015 in State Sponsored Movies: A Year in Review'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/StateSponsoredMovies2015-Review.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>2015 was an important year in government-assisted entertainment. Several major franchises - the Marvel Cinematic Universe, James Bond, Terminator, Fast and Furious, Mission: Impossible - released their latest films. All of these enjoyed the involvement of government agents and agencies. In this episode I review this year's state-sponsored movies (or at least, the ones I have seen). I quickly look at each individual movie before identifying three key themes running through several of these films - Russia as the enemy, the security services themselves being under threat, and the importance of secret societies. I round off by recounting my recent scuffle with Kevin Barrett of TruthJihad, and reading our highly amusing email exchange.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-067-2015-in-state-sponsored-movies-a-year-in-review/' title='ClandesTime 067 - 2015 in State Sponsored Movies: A Year in Review'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 066 – Homeland Season 5 Episode 12 ‘A False Glimmer’ - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-066-homeland-season-5-episode-12-a-false-glimmer/' title='ClandesTime 066 - Homeland Season 5 Episode 12 'A False Glimmer''><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/HomelandS05E12.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This review of the finale of Homeland discusses not just the final episode but the entire season. We reflect on what is new and different about this fifth season, from the religious dimensions being crow-barred into the show to the use of Russians as the enemy image and hackers as second-level terrorists. We examine the storyline of the recruitment of the Laura Poitras character by the BND, both drawing a parallel with the real life person and identifying this as a metaphor for Homeland as a state-sponsored show. We dwell on whether the CIA staff actually hate Laura Poitras, unaware that she may be an asset of some section of the Agency. As the conversation progresses, we outline the idea that Homeland is an experiment to see how far they can make people doubt their own perceptions of not just the show itself but also the geopolitical realities it sometimes portrays. We explore the idea that Homeland is designed to assault the audience's confidence in their own perceptions. We wrap up looking at Homeland's obsession with predicting or commenting on current events, often events that happen during the production or broadcasting of the show. We outline Alex Gansa's recent admissions that the major creative players in the show - including Claire Danes and Mandy Pantikin - attended four days of meetings at a private club in Georgetown. The meetings were arranged by former CIA deputy director John MacGaffin - the main consultant on Homeland - and involved currently serving CIA officers, State Department officials and White House staffers.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-066-homeland-season-5-episode-12-a-false-glimmer/' title='ClandesTime 066 - Homeland Season 5 Episode 12 'A False Glimmer''>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 065 – Homeland episode 10 ‘New Normal’ - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-065-homeland-episode-10-new-normal/' title='ClandesTime 065 - Homeland episode 10 'New Normal''><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/HomelandS05E10.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This much more dramatic episode of Homeland was the basis for a fun review discussion this week, touching on the hints towards the deep state, the portrayal of the Laura Poitras character, the implausibility of the CIA's handling of the Russian double agent problem and Pearse's hatred of Allison. We also discuss the mysterious origins of 'terrorist videos', particularly those coming to us via the SITE intelligence group, and how this is reflected in Homeland, and discuss why this episode made an explicit reference to the recent attacks in Paris. We round off talking about Pearse's enjoyment of the Carrie-Astrid relationship in the show, any my love of post-industrial architecture as the setting for both a jihadi terrorist cell and the CIA's discovery of that gang.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-065-homeland-episode-10-new-normal/' title='ClandesTime 065 - Homeland episode 10 'New Normal''>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 064 – Kingsman - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-064-kingsman/' title='ClandesTime 064 - Kingsman'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-064-Kingsman.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Today I am joined by good friend Adam of Themes &#038; Memes to discuss the movie Kingsman. This is an action comedy set in the world of gentleman spies but beneath that exterior there is ultra-violence, a range of elitist, eugenicist philosophies, a rather sickening approach to sex, love and relationships and a whole lot more. So much, in fact, that even in this in-depth conversation we failed to cover it all. We also take a look at the state sponsorship of the film including the result of a FOIA request that I put in with the Metropolitan Police.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-064-kingsman/' title='ClandesTime 064 - Kingsman'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 063 – Homeland Season 5 Episode 8 ‘All About Allison’ - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-063-homeland-season-5-episode-8-all-about-allison/' title='ClandesTime 063 - Homeland Season 5 Episode 8 'All About Allison''><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/HomelandS05E08.png' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This was not the most interesting instalment of Homeland so Pearse and I talked about topics related to the episode including the history of Kosovo and NATO's use of jihadis in the entire Balkans region, the arrest this week of a mysterious unnamed Montenegrin arms trafficker on his way to Paris, and why it is that the US Marine Corps Entertainment Liaison Office reports do not make any mention of Homeland. Pearse hypothesises that the USMC and Homeland had some kind of deniable outside-the-loop relationship and that suggests a much larger degree of co-operation than usual.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-063-homeland-season-5-episode-8-all-about-allison/' title='ClandesTime 063 - Homeland Season 5 Episode 8 'All About Allison''>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 062 – Homeland Season 5 Episode 6 ‘Parabiosis’ - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-062-homeland-season-5-episode-6/' title='ClandesTime 062 - Homeland Season 5 Episode 6 'Parabiosis''><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-HomelandS05E06.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Today Pearse and I discuss the latest 6th episode of Homeland, 'Parabiosis' which saw the return of the classic spies vs jihadis type of storyline. We looked at the two halves of the story - Quinn holed up in a refugee hostel/terrorist halfway house and ultimately him killing the Reel Bad Arab Hajik, and Saul's rediscovering that he is actually a skilled secret agent. Both of these storyline are less about inducing a state of hyperreality and much more about shaping our perceptions of the real world. We discuss, for example, why it is that Russia is portrayed in Homeland as a patient, sneaky, intelligent people, but in news media supposedly reporting on real life events they are portrayed as brutish thugs. In the other storyline we dissect the fight scene between Quinn and Hajik as a metaphor for the struggle between Western military-intelligence establishments and Islam.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-062-homeland-season-5-episode-6/' title='ClandesTime 062 - Homeland Season 5 Episode 6 'Parabiosis''>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 061 – Homeland Season 5 Episode 4 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-061-homeland-season-5-episode-4/' title='ClandesTime 061 - Homeland Season 5 Episode 4'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/HomelandS05e04.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this conversation Pearse and I took a few detours and rambled all over the place, but mostly talked about the concept of hyperreality - the condition of a consciousness that cannot distinguish between the real and the simulated. We show how Homeland does this but also consider the question of why: why would the CIA be interested in using this effect that shows like Homeland have on their audiences? What is the advantage for the CIA in hyperreality?<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-061-homeland-season-5-episode-4/' title='ClandesTime 061 - Homeland Season 5 Episode 4'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 060 – Homeland Season 5 Episode 2 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-060-homeland-season-5-episode-2/' title='ClandesTime 060 - Homeland Season 5 Episode 2'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-HomelandS05E02.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Continuing our review series of the 5th season of Homeland Pearse joined me to discuss the second episode. We dwelt on the coinciding of real news events and storylines and dialogue in Homeland, asking how the show manages to pull this off so consistently. This episode establishes that former CIA black operations officer John MacGaffin is still working on the show, and we expanded on many of the topics from episode 1 - Syria, ISIS, Laura Poitras, the Snowden affair - showing how each real life topic is an explicit inspiration for this fictional series. The conversation also touched on the concept of hyperreality which is as relevant to Homeland as it is to any other TV show out there. We wrap up by asking for more of your comments and predictions for this new season. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-060-homeland-season-5-episode-2/' title='ClandesTime 060 - Homeland Season 5 Episode 2'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 059 – Psychopaths on TV - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-059-psychopaths-on-tv/' title='ClandesTime 059 - Psychopaths on TV'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-PsychosonTV-e1443965902309.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>From Breaking Bad to Hell on Wheels, House of Cards to Fargo, psychopathic characters are becoming the mainstays of modern TV. In this episode I offer my opinions on all four of these shows, focusing on Fargo as an example of an antidote to the glorifying of psychopaths in pop culture. I also reflect on the differences between reptiles and mammals and how this pertains to the problem of psychopaths in our society.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-059-psychopaths-on-tv/' title='ClandesTime 059 - Psychopaths on TV'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 058 – Are We a Cult or a Country? - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-058-are-we-a-cult-or-a-country/' title='ClandesTime 058 - Are We a Cult or a Country?'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-CultorCountry.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>From Jeremy Corbyn failing to sing the national anthem to the Prime Minister fucking a dead pig, it has been a fortnight to forget in British politics. In this episode I offer my reflections on the current state of affairs, in particular analysing the media campaign against Corbyn, the new leader of the Labour Party, and asking what's really behind it. Is this about creating a false rebel? Is this the establishment fighting back against a leader who refuses to occupy the centre ground? Or is it more complex than that? I round off this time by explaining what I'm up to in the coming months, and what you can expect from this show and the others I produce.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-058-are-we-a-cult-or-a-country/' title='ClandesTime 058 - Are We a Cult or a Country?'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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Conspiracy Theories: The Death of Marilyn Monroe - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-057-conspiracy-theories-the-death-of-marilyn-monroe/' title='ClandesTime 057 - Conspiracy Theories: The Death of Marilyn Monroe'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-MM2.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Marilyn Monroe's death in 1962 was ruled a 'probable suicide' but there have always been suspicions that she was murdered because of her relationship with the Kennedy brothers. In this episode I look at the various conspiracy theories about her death, from the highly plausible (she was murdered by her psychiatrist Ralph Greenson) to the ridiculous (the Mafia killed her on behalf of the CIA). From rumours in her FBI file, the much-disputed CIA memo dated the day before she died to the sexual fantasies of psychopathic mobsters, this is an epic exploration into one Hollywood's darkest mysteries.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-057-conspiracy-theories-the-death-of-marilyn-monroe/' title='ClandesTime 057 - Conspiracy Theories: The Death of Marilyn Monroe'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 056 – Covert Currency War? Or It’s all gone a bit Pacific Rim - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-056-covert-currency-war-or-its-all-gone-a-bit-pacific-rim/' title='ClandesTime 056 - Covert Currency War? Or It's all gone a bit Pacific Rim'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Kaiju-Activity-Map.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The recent explosions in Tianjin, Quingdao and at a US military base in Japan have grabbed a lot of attention and inspired conspiracy theories. In this episode I offer a brief meditation on what the real story is, and how the alt media has no interest in it, and present a radical alternative theory connecting explosions in China and Japan and the recent skirmish on the Korean border.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-056-covert-currency-war-or-its-all-gone-a-bit-pacific-rim/' title='ClandesTime 056 - Covert Currency War? Or It's all gone a bit Pacific Rim'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 055 – Crackdown on the Crackpots - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-055-crackdown-on-the-crackpots/' title='ClandesTime 055 - Crackdown on the Crackpots'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this show I examine recent events in the alternative media, with the conviction of Chris Spivey and the arrest of an 'activist' at the centre of the Hampstead Hoax. I discuss how conspiracy theorists often live up to the derogatory mainstream media stereotyping and ask how much is cause and how much is effect. I address the media fakery sect and ask whether most of them are suffering from some kind of mental disorder, before rounding off by reading a recent email exchange.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-055-crackdown-on-the-crackpots/' title='ClandesTime 055 - Crackdown on the Crackpots'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 054 – Why I hate the Media - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-054-why-i-hate-the-media/' title='ClandesTime 054 - Why I hate the Media'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>I reflect on my recent experiences with the media, both mainstream and alternative, and what they say about the state of both. From a Huffington Post journalist who wanted me to play the conspiracy theorist in his anniversary article to the alternative media's utter dumbwittedness in inaccurately reporting on a recent FOIA success, this is another one of those shows where I complain a lot. But on the plus side the outro song is very danceable. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-054-why-i-hate-the-media/' title='ClandesTime 054 - Why I hate the Media'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 053 – The 7/7 London Bombings, Ten Years On - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-053-the-77-london-bombings-ten-years-on/' title='ClandesTime 053 - The 7/7 London Bombings, Ten Years On'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>I look back on the 2005 London bombings and explain why I think the 7/7 movement failed. From predictive programming to infiltration, from bigoted truth celebrities to propaganda, I offer my take on why the effort to bring about a proper investigation of the London bombings did not succeed. This is a cautionary tale that involves quite a lot of swearing.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-053-the-77-london-bombings-ten-years-on/' title='ClandesTime 053 - The 7/7 London Bombings, Ten Years On'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 052 – Silicon Valley - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-052-silicon-valley/' title='ClandesTime 052 - Silicon Valley'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>I welcome back Pearse Redmond to talk about the sitcom Silicon Valley, which has just finished its second season. Unlike most of the media we discuss on ClandesTime, this show was not state-sponsored, but it is inspired by real people and real events. We talked about the main characters and what they represent, as well as the underlying themes including transhumanism and corporate cults.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-052-silicon-valley/' title='ClandesTime 052 - Silicon Valley'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 051 – Bilderberg 2015: Does Anyone Give a Fuck? - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-051-bilderberg-2015-does-anyone-give-a-fuck/' title='ClandesTime 051 - Bilderberg 2015: Does Anyone Give a Fuck?'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>I reflect on the annual alternative media coverage of the Bilderberg meeting and ask whether the people who participate in this ritualistic behaviour really care about the subject matter. I consider whether the group's gradual unveiling over the last 20 years is a deliberate process, and what this says about them. In this episode I also briefly look back at Alex Jones' film Endgame as an example of tabloid reportage on the Bilderberg Group.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-051-bilderberg-2015-does-anyone-give-a-fuck/' title='ClandesTime 051 - Bilderberg 2015: Does Anyone Give a Fuck?'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 050 – Is the Truth Movement Dead? - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-050-is-the-truth-movement-dead/' title='ClandesTime 050 - Is the Truth Movement Dead?'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>I explain what has been going on with me recently (some good, some bad) and why ClandesTime has been on a pause, before reviewing what's been going on in the truth movement since the turn of the year. This is not a particularly happy or uplifting or informative episode, but the outro song is from Eurovision, so enjoy.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-050-is-the-truth-movement-dead/' title='ClandesTime 050 - Is the Truth Movement Dead?'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Argo – The CIA and Hollywood 07 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-argo-the-cia-and-hollywood-07/' title='The CIA and Argo - The CIA and Hollywood 07'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Ep-07-BG-e1430678688744.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Pearse and Tom round off season 1 looking at the 2012 Oscar winning historical drama Argo, which is based on a real life exfiltration operation during the Iranian revolution. We discuss the CIA's almost too-obvious involvement in the film, the background of how the story was declassified and turned into a movie including the shadowy figures of producer David Klawans and writer Chris Terrio. We stick the boot into Ben Affleck and his film, not just for its 'Reel Bad Arabs' racism but also its outrageous and possibly intentional historical inaccuracy. We analyse the weirdest Oscars ceremony ever, where Argo producers Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov won the Best Picture award, before wrapping up by reflecting back on season 1 of this series and briefly looking forward to season 2.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-argo-the-cia-and-hollywood-07/' title='The CIA and Argo - The CIA and Hollywood 07'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Charlie Wilson’s War – The CIA and Hollywood 06 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-charlie-wilsons-war/' title='The CIA and Charlie Wilson's War - The CIA and Hollywood 06'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Ep-06-BG-e1430415929886.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Sibel Edmonds is our final guest as we dissect this shambolic re-telling of the Soviet-Afghan War. Much of this conversation is devoted to what the film leaves out, such as Charlie Wilson being a CIA asset, the origins of Operation Cyclone being older and much more important than one drunk congressman and his ultra-right wing Christian friend and of course the likes of Jalaluddin Haqqani, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Osama Bin Laden who are completely absent from the movie. This was a no-holds-barred critique of this quite shameful piece of CIA propaganda, and all the more fun because of that. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-charlie-wilsons-war/' title='The CIA and Charlie Wilson's War - The CIA and Hollywood 06'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and The Social Network – The CIA and Hollywood 05 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-the-social-network-the-cia-and-hollywood-05/' title='The CIA and The Social Network - The CIA and Hollywood 05'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Ep-05-BG-e1430142030324.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Thomas Sheridan joins us to talk about the 2010 film The Social Network, which tells the story of the origins of facebook. We discuss the class struggle portrayed in the story, the mechanism by which the film could have been influenced by the CIA, the archetypes in the finely-produced melodrama that plays out, the CIA's silicon valley network which is conspicuous by its absence from the narrative, and the meaning of the movie's dark and brooding tone. We also get into some unusual areas, including the mystery of the sub sandwich.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-the-social-network-the-cia-and-hollywood-05/' title='The CIA and The Social Network - The CIA and Hollywood 05'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Enemy of the State – The CIA and Hollywood 04 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-enemy-of-the-state-the-cia-and-hollywood-04/' title='The CIA and Enemy of the State - The CIA and Hollywood 04'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Ep04-BG-e1429813408911.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Good friend Adam joins us to discuss the 1998 action thriller Enemy of the State, and its unprecedented 'revelation' of surveillance technology. We talk about how the film has a rogue's gallery of technical advisers - including Chase Brandon and Marty Keiser - and how this led to one of the most spectacular depictions of the NSA and the spy state in general. Following from this we analysed the likely purpose in the CIA masking themselves as the NSA in the film, and how this has scuppered the progress of any serious dialogue about mass surveillance.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-enemy-of-the-state-the-cia-and-hollywood-04/' title='The CIA and Enemy of the State - The CIA and Hollywood 04'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and The Recruit – The CIA and Hollywood episode 03 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-the-recruit-the-cia-and-hollywood-episode-03/' title='The CIA and The Recruit - The CIA and Hollywood episode 03'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/EP-03-BG-e1429634828943.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Aaron Franz joined in the conversation as we looked at the film The Recruit, which more than any other film we're covering in this season was moulded by CIA entertainment liaison Chase Brandon. Like so many films, it tells the story of a young person inducted into a secret world with secret rules and codes of thinking and behaviour, and in doing so inducts the audience into that same world. We discussed this dynamic from various angles - black operations, secret societies, occult or mystery school philosophies - before studying Brandon's appearance in the most fascinating 'making of' documentary ever made.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-the-recruit-the-cia-and-hollywood-episode-03/' title='The CIA and The Recruit - The CIA and Hollywood episode 03'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and Robert De Niro – The CIA and Hollywood episode 02 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-robert-de-niro-the-cia-and-hollywood-episode-02/' title='The CIA and Robert De Niro - The CIA and Hollywood episode 02'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Ep-02-BG.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Guillermo Jimenez joins us for this episode to talk about Robert De Niro - a man whose relationship with the CIA spans two decades. We look at four films - Wag the Dog, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers and The Good Shepherd, the latter three of which have documented CIA assistance in their production. We discuss Robert De Niro's transformation from a serious dramatic actor into a kooky comedy figure, and the CIA's apparent involvement in that. This led to us asking whether the three comedy films are trojan horses for a sneaky CIA agenda, and talking about how The Good Shepherd has many flaws but this did not stop the CIA themselves from praising it as 'probably as good as any film on the Agency'.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-robert-de-niro-the-cia-and-hollywood-episode-02/' title='The CIA and Robert De Niro - The CIA and Hollywood episode 02'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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The CIA and George Orwell – The CIA and Hollywood episode 01 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-george-orwell-the-cia-and-hollywood-episode-01/' title='The CIA and George Orwell - The CIA and Hollywood episode 01'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Ep01-BG.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this opening episode of the new series Pearse and Tom look into the CIA's adaptations of George Orwell's two most famous novels - Animal Farm and 1984. We focus primarily on Animal Farm, a revolutionary animated film in several senses of the word, produced by Louis De Rochemont - a man who had worked with several other government agencies prior to making Animal Farm with the CIA. The animation was does by British firm Halas and Bachelor, and we also discuss their background. This episode also examines the paper trail, looking in Orwell's FBI file and the MI5 records on actor Michael Redgrave, who starred in 1984 despite being a suspected Communist. We conclude that the CIA had something of an obsession with Orwell at this time, and were subverting his works quite radically in these films.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/the-cia-and-george-orwell-the-cia-and-hollywood-episode-01/' title='The CIA and George Orwell - The CIA and Hollywood episode 01'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 049 – Is There Anyone to Vote For? - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/is-there-anyone-to-vote-for-clandestime-episode-049/' title='ClandesTime 049 - Is There Anyone to Vote For?'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>I reflect on the forthcoming British general election and consider whether any of the candidates are worthy of my vote.  I look at the three main parties (Tory, Liberal, Labour), the three alternatives that are rising in popularity (UKIP, Green, SNP) and a couple of new fringe parties that I have a particular affection for, [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/is-there-anyone-to-vote-for-clandestime-episode-049/' title='ClandesTime 049 - Is There Anyone to Vote For?'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 048 – Neo-Nazism in the Truth Movement - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/neo-nazism-in-the-truth-movement-clandestime-episode-048/' title='ClandesTime 048 - Neo-Nazism in the Truth Movement'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Today on the show I welcome back Aaron and Adam of Themes and Memes to discuss the rising tide of Neo-Nazi ideas and politics in the alternative media, the conspiracy crowd, the truth movement. We looked at where this has come from, why it is happening now, why so few people in the alt media [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/neo-nazism-in-the-truth-movement-clandestime-episode-048/' title='ClandesTime 048 - Neo-Nazism in the Truth Movement'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 047 – Cultural Warfare and Free Speech - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cultural-warfare-and-free-speech-clandestime-047/' title='ClandesTime 047 - Cultural Warfare and Free Speech'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Joining me for this discussion is Guillermo Jimenez along with regular guest Pearse Redmond. We talked about three recent examples of the crossover of popular culture and politics – the film The Interview, the attack on Charlie Hedbo magazine in Paris, and American Sniper. We talked about how the popular dialogue around these events has [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/cultural-warfare-and-free-speech-clandestime-047/' title='ClandesTime 047 - Cultural Warfare and Free Speech'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 046 – Tron - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-046-tron/' title='ClandesTime 046 - Tron'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Aaron Franz joined me to talk about the 1982 film Tron, as well as its recent sequel Tron: Legacy.  In this in-depth conversation we talked about comparisons with other films including The Wizard of Oz and the Matrix trilogy, the long standing relationship between Disney, who produced Tron, and the OSS, CIA and FBI, the [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-046-tron/' title='ClandesTime 046 - Tron'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 045 – Conspiracy Theories: The Titanic - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-045-conspiracy-theories-the-titanic/' title='ClandesTime 045 - Conspiracy Theories: The Titanic'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/Conspiracy-Theories-The-Titanic.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this episode I take a look at the alternative/conspiracy theories about the sinking of the Titanic, in the context of mass trauma events and disaster capitalism. I look at the theory that the Titanic was switched for its sister ship, the Olympic, and that it was the Olympic that actually sank in April 1912. I suggest a way of potentially resolving the mystery, as well as critiquing the mainstream and alternative media coverage of disasters.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-045-conspiracy-theories-the-titanic/' title='ClandesTime 045 - Conspiracy Theories: The Titanic'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 044 – Homeland Season 4 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-044-homeland-season-4/' title='ClandesTime 044 - Homeland Season 4'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Once more my good friend Pearse Redmond of Porkins Policy Radio joined me to discuss the latest series of Homeland, the CIA’s pet TV project. We looked at how the show has been rebooted in this season, with a much more aggressive and ambitious purpose both in mythologizing past events and predicting future ones. From 9/11 to the ISIS beheadings to drone strikes to The Lone Gladio, this is typically wide ranging conversation on one of the most important shows currently on TV.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-044-homeland-season-4/' title='ClandesTime 044 - Homeland Season 4'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 043 – The End of the World - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-043-the-end-of-the-world/' title='ClandesTime 043 - The End of the World'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this followup to episode 41 Adam from Themes and Memes returned to the show to talk about apocalypse pop culture and apocalyptic thinking more generally. We focused in on the relationship between the Pentagon’s entertainment liaison offices and recent disaster films, particularly those aimed at the conspiracy crowd. We rounded by discussing the film [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-043-the-end-of-the-world/' title='ClandesTime 043 - The End of the World'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 042 – The Air Force in Hollywood, Then and Now - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-042-the-air-force-in-hollywood-then-and-now/' title='ClandesTime 042 - The Air Force in Hollywood, Then and Now'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The US Air Force has had a significant presence in Hollywood since at least WW2. In this episode I look at the film Winning Your Wings, a 1942 recruitment film that inspired tens of thousands of men to sign up for the Army&#8217;s Air Forces. I explain how this led to the creation of the [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-042-the-air-force-in-hollywood-then-and-now/' title='ClandesTime 042 - The Air Force in Hollywood, Then and Now'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 041 – Derren Brown’s Apocalypse - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-041-derren-browns-apocalypse/' title='ClandesTime 041 - Derren Brown's Apocalypse'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this episode I welcome back Adam to the show to discuss the 2012 TV special Derren Brown&#8217;s Apocalypse.  We talked about the context in which the show was made, the ethical and moral problems of what they do in the show, the techniques used to deceive and manipulate the participant, the controversy over whether [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-041-derren-browns-apocalypse/' title='ClandesTime 041 - Derren Brown's Apocalypse'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 040 – Sibel Edmonds on The Lone Gladio - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-040-sibel-edmonds-on-the-lone-gladio/' title='ClandesTime 040 - Sibel Edmonds on The Lone Gladio'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Today I welcome to the show FBI whistleblower and author Sibel Edmonds of BoilingFrogsPost.com and we talk about her new book The Lone Gladio.  We discussed how the novel subverts the usual spy genre, not just through its uncompromising look at the deep state but also in its treatment of women, its portrayal of black [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-040-sibel-edmonds-on-the-lone-gladio/' title='ClandesTime 040 - Sibel Edmonds on The Lone Gladio'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 039 – O.S.S. - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-039-o-s-s/' title='ClandesTime 039 - O.S.S.'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-039-OSS.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this episode we take a look at O.S.S., a 1946 film produced in close co-operation with the real life OSS, and the first movie in history to mention the CIA. I outline the unusually large degree of state sponsorship of this film, the biographies of Alan Ladd (the film's star), Richard Maibaum (the writer/producer) and John M Shaheen (the real life OSS officer who was a technical consultant on the film), and analyse the purpose of the film. I also look at how exceptions must have been made to grant this film a release certificate, given the production code governing movies at the time.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-039-o-s-s/' title='ClandesTime 039 - O.S.S.'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 038 – Eyes Wide Shut - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-038-eyes-wide-shut/' title='ClandesTime 038 - Eyes Wide Shut'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>I welcome back my good friend Pearse Redmond to the show and we talked about the film Eyes Wide Shut, looking into the background of its star, senior scientologist and state-sponsored film star Tom Cruise. We discussed Stanley Kubrick’s relationship with conspiracy theories and secret societies and whether the film is a warning about them, or whether he enjoyed promoting these sorts of theories. In this typically broad conversation we also touched on the mainstreaming of conspiracy, Alex Jones’s infiltration of Bohemian Grove not long after the film was released, and linking in with the last episode whether the audience watching Eyes Wide Shut are to be considered ‘willing fools’. There is much more besides in this conversation, so don't miss it.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-038-eyes-wide-shut/' title='ClandesTime 038 - Eyes Wide Shut'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 037 – The Conspiracy - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-037-the-conspiracy/' title='ClandesTime 037 - The Conspiracy'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>For this show I welcome back two friends &#8211; Adam of cerebralrevolt.com and Aaron of ageoftransitions.com.  We discussed the 2013 mockumentary The Conspiracy, about two young filmmakers who discover and infiltrate a secret society.  We talked about the mysterious origins of the film, its remarkably dense and well-researched script, how the film draws on over [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-037-the-conspiracy/' title='ClandesTime 037 - The Conspiracy'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 036 – Minority Report - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-036-minority-report/' title='ClandesTime 036 - Minority Report'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>I welcome Guy Evans of Smells Like Human Spirit to the show for this episode where we discuss the 2002 film Minority Report. We looked at the film's origin in a short story by Philip K Dick, the state connections of the major creative talent Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell and Steven Spielberg, the technology in the film and how it has become a part of everyday life, and some of the philosophical implications of the movie.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-036-minority-report/' title='ClandesTime 036 - Minority Report'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 035 – Topaz - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-035-topaz/' title='ClandesTime 035 - Topaz'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-035-Topaz.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this episode we look at the Leon Uris book and Alfred Hitchcock film Topaz as a possible example of CIA propaganda. I outline the story told in both the novel and the film, and how most of the characters are based on real spies involved in the Sapphire scandal about a Soviet spy ring inside the French SDECE intelligence agency. I focus in on the character of Andre Devereaux - a character based Philippe Thyraud de Vosjoli, a probable double agent who defected from the SDECE to the CIA. I also look at author Leon Uris' background with the DOD, and CIA records suggesting that at least the book part of the Topaz project was CIA weaponised fiction.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-035-topaz/' title='ClandesTime 035 - Topaz'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 034 – The Hollywood Ten - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-034-the-hollywood-ten/' title='ClandesTime 034 - The Hollywood Ten'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-034-HollywoodTen.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this investigative episode I look into the background of the Hollywood Ten - a group of filmmakers who were jailed for refusing to answer questions by the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. Their case helped establish the Hollywood blacklist, and all ten were Communists of one sort or another. Despite this, four of the ten were involved in military/intelligence assisted productions. I explore this apparent contradiction and try to resolve it via the papertrail, concluding that McCarthyism was not just a domestic subversion program, but also subject to a turf war between the FBI and CIA.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-034-the-hollywood-ten/' title='ClandesTime 034 - The Hollywood Ten'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 033 – True Lies and Reel Bad Arabs - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-033-true-lies-and-reel-bad-arabs/' title='ClandesTime 033 - True Lies and Reel Bad Arabs'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Pearse Redmond of Porkins Policy Radio joined us again to talk about the  the portrayal of Arabs in Hollywood.  We talk about the documentary Reel Bad Arabs, which details much of the stereotyping of Arabs in popular movies, and also the film True Lies as an example of these trends.  We look at some of [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-033-true-lies-and-reel-bad-arabs/' title='ClandesTime 033 - True Lies and Reel Bad Arabs'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 032 – Iron Man and The Rocketeer - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-032-iron-man-and-the-rocketeer/' title='ClandesTime 032 - Iron Man and The Rocketeer'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-IronMan-Rocketeer1.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this edition I look at two very similar films made about 15 years apart &#8211; The Rocketeer and Iron Man.  Both are military-assisted productions and after outlining their connections to the DOD and USAF I analyse their storylines to explain what they are saying about technological innovation and development in the real world.  I [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-032-iron-man-and-the-rocketeer/' title='ClandesTime 032 - Iron Man and The Rocketeer'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 031 – Tomorrow Never Dies - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-031-tomorrow-never-dies/' title='ClandesTime 031 - Tomorrow Never Dies'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Inspired by a recent video project I decided to take on a Bond film this week and picked Tomorrow Never Dies. I provided a quick commentary on some of the themes and ideas in the film, from the gadgetry to the geopolitical implications, before rounding off looking at the overt, confirmed links between British and [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-031-tomorrow-never-dies/' title='ClandesTime 031 - Tomorrow Never Dies'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 030 – Jack Ryan and The East - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-030-jack-ryan-and-the-east/' title='ClandesTime 030 - Jack Ryan and The East'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>I am joined by Adam of CerebralRevolt.com who returned to the show to talk about two recent spy films that he recommended to me – Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit and The East. Both of these films were produced by people whose names appear on the DOD film list, and yet they paint very different pictures [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-030-jack-ryan-and-the-east/' title='ClandesTime 030 - Jack Ryan and The East'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 029 – Humanarchy - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-029-humanarchy/' title='ClandesTime 029 - Humanarchy'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this episode I talk about a new website called <a href="http://www.humanarchy.net/">Humanarchy</a>, an open source political philosophy project. I discuss some of my own background in philosophy, how I came back to the topic after years researching false flag terrorism and popular culture, the ideas that inspired me to start this project and a basic outline of some of my core political beliefs.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-029-humanarchy/' title='ClandesTime 029 - Humanarchy'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 028 – Meta-Weaponised Fiction - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-028-meta-weaponised-fiction/' title='ClandesTime 028 - Meta-Weaponised Fiction'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This week I take a look at four films that incorporate notions of weaponised fiction into their dialogue and storylines.  The concepts of predictive programming and the copycat effect, as well as other similar techniques, are identified in four movies from the 1990s &#8211; two mystery thrillers (The Usual Suspects and Basic Instinct), a satirical [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-028-meta-weaponised-fiction/' title='ClandesTime 028 - Meta-Weaponised Fiction'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 027 – Wrong is Right - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-027-wrong-is-right/' title='ClandesTime 027 - Wrong is Right'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this special roundtable edition I talked with both Pearse Redmond and Aaron Franz about the film Wrong is Right- a 1982 political conspiracy thriller/black comedy.  We looked at the inevitable intelligence connections to the film, its weird melange of prophetic memes and predictive programming, its very strange psychological techniques (which the dialogue even refers [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-027-wrong-is-right/' title='ClandesTime 027 - Wrong is Right'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 026 – Is the Truth Movement a Cult? - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-026-is-the-truth-movement-a-cult/' title='ClandesTime 026 - Is the Truth Movement a Cult?'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Joining me to discuss this question is Thomas Sheridan, an artist, philosopher, comedian and author of several books.  We talked about the cultish tendencies in the truth movement and other radical or protest movements and discussed Thomas’s reasons for taking a break from the alternative media and his treatment at the hands of fanatical supporters [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-026-is-the-truth-movement-a-cult/' title='ClandesTime 026 - Is the Truth Movement a Cult?'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 025 – Fun with FOIA - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-025-fun-with-foia/' title='ClandesTime 025 - Fun with FOIA'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>I have recently been filing a lot of Freedom of Information requests and so in this episode I talk about Tony Blair&#8217;s statements that the UK FOIA was one of his worst mistakes, before pointing people in the direction of the most interesting material released under FOIA in this country. I outline some of my [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-025-fun-with-foia/' title='ClandesTime 025 - Fun with FOIA'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 024 – The Intelligence Industrial Complex - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-024-the-intelligence-industrial-complex/' title='ClandesTime 024 - The Intelligence Industrial Complex'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>James Corbett of the Corbett Report joined me to talk about the privatisation of intelligence and the development of the intelligence industrial complex. In this typically wide ranging conversation James began by breaking down the different layers in the existing discussion on this topic. We looked at the history of private intelligence, how 9/11 turned [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-024-the-intelligence-industrial-complex/' title='ClandesTime 024 - The Intelligence Industrial Complex'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 023 – Predictive Programming Edward Snowden - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-023-predictive-programming-edward-snowden/' title='ClandesTime 023 - Predictive Programming Edward Snowden'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-SnowdenPP.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This followup to episode 14 looks at art and media that predicted the Edward Snowden story - either his personal story or the political discussion surrounding it. From Catch-22 to Enemy of the State, James Bond to Spooks to Star Trek, this show reviews the ways in which our perceptions of Snowden and his 'revelations' were shaped and conditioned long before the leaks began. I also touch on the public image of the NSA and how this differs from that of the CIA, and round by emphasizing how we need to get beyond the truth messiahs, the idea of omniscient whistleblowers, if we are to adequately respond to the mass surveillance state.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-023-predictive-programming-edward-snowden/' title='ClandesTime 023 - Predictive Programming Edward Snowden'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 022 – Robocop: The Remake - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-022-robocop-the-remake/' title='ClandesTime 022 - Robocop: The Remake'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Aaron Franz of the age of transitions joined me to discuss the remake of 1987 dystopian techno-thriller Robocop.  We compared the original to the remake and discussed the similarities and differences.  Obviously we looked at the involvement of the security state in the production of the film, though the subject of state sponsorship of culture [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-022-robocop-the-remake/' title='ClandesTime 022 - Robocop: The Remake'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 021 – Wag the Dog - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-021-wag-the-dog/' title='ClandesTime 021 - Wag the Dog'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-WagtheDog.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Pearse Redmond joined me again to discuss the 1997 film Wag the Dog, a black comedy about a White House spin doctor and a Hollywood producer faking a war with Albania to cover up a presidential sex scandal. We dug beneath the comic overtones to find a much darker subtext, talking about the total absence of moral values in the film, how the tone of the movie develops from a very light beginning to a very dark ending, and how both of the two main characters are probably based on very real and very significant people. In the case of film producer Stanley Motss that is Stanley Kubrick - a man rumoured to have been involved in the biggest government-hollywood conspiracy of all time, the supposed faking of the moon landings. Meanwhile spin doctor Conrad Breen is likely based on CIA Entertainment Industry Liaison Chase Brandon, who began working in Hollywood at the time this film was developed, and went on to work on several films with Robert De Niro. <table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-021-wag-the-dog/' title='ClandesTime 021 - Wag the Dog'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 020 – Weaponised Fiction - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-020-weaponised-fiction/' title='ClandesTime 020 - Weaponised Fiction'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This show is a commentary on several different works of cultural significance, primarily looking at how fiction can be used and is used to manipulate and condition public perceptions of past events.  Alfred Hitchcock&#8217;s Sabotage, Joseph Conrad&#8217;s The Secret Agent, BBC sitcom Yes, Prime Minister, Hollywood blockbuster Crimson Tide, James Bond reboot Casino Royale and [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-020-weaponised-fiction/' title='ClandesTime 020 - Weaponised Fiction'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 019 – Is Al Muhajiroun Full of Spies? - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-019-is-al-muhajiroun-full-of-spies/' title='ClandesTime 019 - Is Al Muhajiroun Full of Spies?'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Short answer: yes, probably.  Long answer: no, but there are a hell of a lot of them.  In this episode I look at 7 key figures in the history of Al Muhajiroun since its founding in 1996, all of whom are probably or definitely informants for MI5.  From the top of the gang&#8217;s hierarchy &#8211; [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-019-is-al-muhajiroun-full-of-spies/' title='ClandesTime 019 - Is Al Muhajiroun Full of Spies?'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 018 – Confessions of an Alt Media Host - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-018-confessions-of-an-alt-media-host/' title='ClandesTime 018 - Confessions of an Alt Media Host'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Guillermo Jimenez of TracesofReality.com joined me to talk about his time as a live radio host on RBN, the Republic Broadcasting Network.  We discussed the problems he found while working in network radio, how and why he joined up with RBN, how and why he left, and the shows he is now doing: Traces of [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-018-confessions-of-an-alt-media-host/' title='ClandesTime 018 - Confessions of an Alt Media Host'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 017 – How to do what I do - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-017-how-to-do-what-i-do/' title='ClandesTime 017 - How to do what I do'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>One of the most common questions that I get asked is where I get my information from, how I know what I know.  It isn&#8217;t an easy question to answer, but in this episode I give it a shot.  Using the 1993 World Trade Center bombing as the example I explain how I gathered all [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-017-how-to-do-what-i-do/' title='ClandesTime 017 - How to do what I do'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 016 – Homeland - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-016-homeland/' title='ClandesTime 016 - Homeland'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Pearse Redmond of PorkinsPolicyReview joined me again to talk about the CIA-sponsored spy drama Homeland. We discuss the Agency links to the show, its commercial and critical success, the implications of the title, the context and subtext of the storyline, the characters, the themes and memes and possible predictive programming elements. We rounded off looking at the worldview and values underpinning the show, and thus imparted to the show's truly global audience.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-016-homeland/' title='ClandesTime 016 - Homeland'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 015 – Mark Stone/Kennedy - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-015-mark-stonekennedy/' title='ClandesTime 015 - Mark Stone/Kennedy'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Mark Kennedy was an undercover policeman who infiltrated the British anarchist movement for 7 years. In this episode I recount this story, highlighting how Kennedy (under the pseudonym Mark Stone) acted as an agent provocateur in cases that have now collapsed or are under appeal. I also look at how Kennedy and other undercover policeman [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-015-mark-stonekennedy/' title='ClandesTime 015 - Mark Stone/Kennedy'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 014 – Is Edward Snowden a False Flag? - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-014-is-edward-snowden-a-false-flag/' title='ClandesTime 014 - Is Edward Snowden a False Flag?'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Snowden.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this episode I take on a big and controversial question and answer in the affirmative: I think Edward Snowden is a false flag operative. Using purely open source information I look at his biography, the documents he supposedly accumulated and leaked, and the potential reasons for such a fake whistleblower operation. I provide a breakdown of my reasoning for my conclusion, before rounding off looking at where the Snowden story is going, and what we can do about it.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-014-is-edward-snowden-a-false-flag/' title='ClandesTime 014 - Is Edward Snowden a False Flag?'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 013 – Alt Media Icons - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-013-alt-media-icons/' title='ClandesTime 013 - Alt Media Icons'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Adam of CerebralRevolt.com returned for the third part of our ongoing conversation.  In this episode we focused on some of the icons of the alternative media &#8211; Alex Jones, David Shayler, Tony Gosling and Ben Fellows.  We discussed the psychological impact of sensationalism on the alt media audience, the general lack of sane critical thinking [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-013-alt-media-icons/' title='ClandesTime 013 - Alt Media Icons'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 012 – Looking back at 2013 - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-012-looking-back-at-2013/' title='ClandesTime 012 - Looking back at 2013'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this special end of the year episode of ClandesTime I reflect on the last 12 months, highlighting some news stories and offering my opinions on them.  I also outlined how 2013 was a very important year for me personally and some of my hopes and plans for the coming year. Sources: Britam Defense hacked [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-012-looking-back-at-2013/' title='ClandesTime 012 - Looking back at 2013'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 011 – Cognitive Counterintelligence - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-011-cognitive-counterintelligence/' title='ClandesTime 011 - Cognitive Counterintelligence'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Adam from CerebralRevolt.com joined me again to continue our discussion from episode 009.  We talked about some more of our experiences when getting involved with political activism and the &#8216;truth movement&#8217;.  We discussed how the general aim of cognitive infiltration seems to be to make constructive, rational conversation impossible.  We discussed how both of us [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-011-cognitive-counterintelligence/' title='ClandesTime 011 - Cognitive Counterintelligence'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 010 – The War Game - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-010-the-war-game/' title='ClandesTime 010 - The War Game'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime010-TheWarGame.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The War Game is a 1965 docudrama directed by Peter Watkins that was banned from broadcast by the BBC but simultaneously won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. It depicts a nuclear war in Western Europe, showing the impact on the whole of Britain but particularly in South-East England. The film was not shown in full in any public arena until the 1980s. In this episode of ClandesTime I look at the film's innovative style and make an argument for it being 'peaceful predictive programming'. I also look at the questions of how and why the film was banned, using the director's own views and government documents to shed light on this extraordinary work. We finish up this time with a comic look at how the BBC's 'independence' is nullified by government influence.<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-010-the-war-game/' title='ClandesTime 010 - The War Game'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 009 – Cognitive Infiltration - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-009-cognitive-infiltration/' title='ClandesTime 009 - Cognitive Infiltration'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This week I am joined by Adam, formerly of the Glasgow Truth Group, to discuss the question of cognitive infiltration. Adam was involved in a Glasgow meetup group that discussed radical politics and &#8216;truth&#8217; issues and found that despite being a relatively small scale organisation it was still targeted by infiltrators. One man in particular [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-009-cognitive-infiltration/' title='ClandesTime 009 - Cognitive Infiltration'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 008 – The Russell Brand ‘Revolution’ - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-008-the-russell-brand-revolution/' title='ClandesTime 008 - The Russell Brand 'Revolution''><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Following comic and actor Russell Brand&#8217;s recent emergence as a political celebrity I dissect his Newsnight interview and the reaction to it. I look at the valid criticisms being made of Brand&#8217;s interview and the social media phenomena swirling up around it before emphasising the few valuable, positive aspects of what he said. I finish [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-008-the-russell-brand-revolution/' title='ClandesTime 008 - The Russell Brand 'Revolution''>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 007 – The James Bond Wannabes - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-007-the-james-bond-wannabes/' title='ClandesTime 007 - The James Bond Wannabes'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this podcast I look at the phenomenon of James Bond copycats and wannabes, from the CEO who bought the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me and is turning it into a submarine to the drone operator recruited by a man talking about Bond movies.  I dissect the age old claim that spy films [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-007-the-james-bond-wannabes/' title='ClandesTime 007 - The James Bond Wannabes'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 006 – The War on Terror Chapter XVIII with Pearse Redmond - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-006-the-war-on-terror-chapter-xviii-with-pearse-redmond/' title='ClandesTime 006 - The War on Terror Chapter XVIII with Pearse Redmond'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Guest Pearse Redmond of the PorkinsPolicyReview website joined me to reflect on the Westgate shopping centre attack, the US Special Forces raids that was the immediate response to the attack, and how the war on terror is being rewritten once again to help justify a re-colonisation of the African continent.  The conversation also covered the [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-006-the-war-on-terror-chapter-xviii-with-pearse-redmond/' title='ClandesTime 006 - The War on Terror Chapter XVIII with Pearse Redmond'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 005 – Transhumanism and the Security State with Aaron Franz - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-005-transhumanism-and-the-security-state-with-aaron-franz/' title='ClandesTime 005 - Transhumanism and the Security State with Aaron Franz'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>Guest Aaron Franz of theageoftransitions.com joins me for this episode to take a sideways look at the connections between transhumanism and the security state.  We discuss a dog that looks like Vladimir Putin and the recent arrest of a stork in Egypt as part of a wider trend of animals being accused of spying as [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-005-transhumanism-and-the-security-state-with-aaron-franz/' title='ClandesTime 005 - Transhumanism and the Security State with Aaron Franz'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 004 – Conspiracy Theories: The Bolshevik Revolution - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-004-conspiracy-theories-the-bolshevik-revolution/' title='ClandesTime 004 - Conspiracy Theories: The Bolshevik Revolution'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 has long been the focus for conspiracy theories both grand and small. In this episode I look at the background to the revolution, what led up to it and its aftermath. I analyse Anthony Sutton&#8217;s book Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution and look at how his research has spawned [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-004-conspiracy-theories-the-bolshevik-revolution/' title='ClandesTime 004 - Conspiracy Theories: The Bolshevik Revolution'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 003 – Massacre in Kenya - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-003-massacre-in-kenya/' title='ClandesTime 003 - Massacre in Kenya'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>The attack by Al Shabaab militants on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya, left scores of people dead from over a dozen countries.  This episode of the podcast looks at the origins of Al Shabaab, its characteristics and offers a considered view of what is driving this dangerous, murderous gang.  The question of the [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-003-massacre-in-kenya/' title='ClandesTime 003 - Massacre in Kenya'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 002 – The Woolwich Murder and the Ukraine Connection - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-002-the-woolwich-murder-and-the-ukraine-connection/' title='ClandesTime 002 - The Woolwich Murder and the Ukraine Connection'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>This edition of the podcast looks at the &#8216;Woolwich murder&#8217;, the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby in May this year. I discuss the context of this murder as well as an associated killing three weeks earlier that got very little press attention. I detail how the alleged culprits of the Woolwich murder and the [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-002-the-woolwich-murder-and-the-ukraine-connection/' title='ClandesTime 002 - The Woolwich Murder and the Ukraine Connection'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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ClandesTime 001 – Who Watches the Watchmen? - Podcast – Spy Culture
<table cellpadding='10'><tr><td valign='top'><a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-001-who-watches-the-watchmen/' title='ClandesTime 001 - Who Watches the Watchmen?'><img src='http://www.spyculture.com/wp-content/uploads/ClandesTime-Logo-Rectangle.jpg' border='0' width='600px' /></a></td></tr><tr><td valign='top' align='left'>In this first episode of my new podcast series I look at the age old question Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?, usually translated as Who Watches the Watchmen.  I examine how the question has been subverted by the modern spy thriller series Spooks and the failings of the intelligence oversight body in the UK the ISC. [&#8230;]<table width='100%'><tr><td align=right><p><b>(<a href='http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-episode-001-who-watches-the-watchmen/' title='ClandesTime 001 - Who Watches the Watchmen?'>Read more...</a>)</b></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td></td></tr></table>
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