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ClandesTime 117 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The 9/11 Intelligence ‘Failure’ - Spy Culture

The run-up to 9/11 was not a high point in the history of Western counter-terrorism. Whoever was ultimately responsible, the multi-trillion dollar NATO military-intelligence structure failed to stop them.

ClandesTime 116 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Embassy Bombings - Spy Culture

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.

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker on Geopolitics and Empire - Spy Culture

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

The US Army’s Very Friendly Relationship with Warner Bros. - Spy Culture

Newly-released reports from the US Army's entertainment liaison office show that they maintain a close and friendly relationship with Warner Bros., enabling them to get involved at early stages of major films and wield considerable influence over their content.

The CIA, Bohemian Grove, Tom Clancy and the Fake Moustache - Spy Culture

In 1988 CIA director William Webster attended the Bohemian Grove, where he gave a lakeside talk about intelligence matters. His speech, now available to the public for the first time, is both amusing and at times shocking.

ClandesTime 113 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Destruction of Yugoslavia - Spy Culture

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.

Schrödinger’s Hack: The NSA’s Report on Russia Hacking the US Election - Spy Culture

The Intercept recently published a leaked NSA report describing a cyberattack presumed to be carried out by Russia military intelligence. While many have seen this as the confirming proof that Trump only got elected because of Putin the truth is a lot more complicated.

ClandesTime 111 – The Manchester Bombing and the Politics of Fear - Spy Culture

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.

Broadcast Against Tyranny – Tom Secker on Uncle the Podcast - Spy Culture

Aaron and Uncle invited me back onto their show to provide expert analysis on the mysterious and worrying situation concerning rogue logos infiltrating Uncle the Podcast.  In this special Broadcast Against Tyranny we discuss why itunes displays the wrong logo for UTP and my

Security Gone Bananas for the Filming of Star Trek - Spy Culture

Code names, vehicle searches, non-disclosure agreements, escorts for foreign nationals - when the producers of Star Trek: Into Darkness wanted to film at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, they probably weren't expecting this. Newly-released Dept.

Hyperreality in the Homeland – Operation Virtual Gladio - Spy Culture

A new report by Facebook's Threat Intelligence team says that the site is rife with fake accounts spreading fake news stories for political, social, cultural and economic reasons. Viewers of the recent season of Homeland will be thinking 'no shit'.

‘Miss Spears was not a public item during Desert Storm’ – Marine Corps Movie Script Notes - Spy Culture

In early 2009 independent film makers Jon Stevens and Frank Jones approached the US Marine Corps entertainment liaison office with a request to review their comedy script Beverly Hills Marine, set during Operation Desert Storm