National Security Cinema | Matthew Alford and Tom Secker

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Author discusses his book – 10 March 2022 |

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Tom Secker, the man behind the website and the podcast Clandestime, in a conversation primarily about Tom's research into the national security state's massive influence on movies and television.

National Security Cinema

Authors and discuss their revealing book, ‘: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in '.

This is a book about secrecy, militarism, manipulation, and censorship at the heart of the world's leading democracy—and about those who try to fight them. Using thousands of pages of documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act exclusively reveals that the national security state—led by the and —has worked on more than eight-hundred films and over a thousand network television shows. The latest scholarship has underestimated the size of this operation, in part because the government has gone to considerable lengths to prevent data emerging, especially in the 21st Century, as the practice of government- cooperation has escalated and become more aggressive. reveals for the first time specific script changes made by the government for political reasons on dozens of blockbusting films and franchises like Transformers, Avatar, Meet the Parents, and The Terminator. These forces have suppressed important narratives about: drug trafficking; illegal arms sales; military creation of bio-weapons; the interaction of private armies and oil companies; government treatment of minorities; torture; coups; assassinations, and the failure to prevent .

Dr. Matthew is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath in England. His doctoral thesis applied Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky's Model to the contemporary film industry. His first book, Reel Power: Cinema and American Supremacy, was published by Pluto Press in 2010 and has since been translated into Chinese. In 2014, Dr. Alford produced a documentary film of his research, The Writer with No Hands, which premiered at Hot Docs in Toronto and won the Tablet of Honor at the Ammar Popular Film Festival in Tehran.

is a private researcher who runs— the world's premier online archive about government involvement in the . He has used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain unique government documents since 2010, which has been reported on by Russia Today, Salon, Techdirt, The Mirror, The Express and other outlets. He has authored and co-authored articles for Critical Sociology and the American Journal of Economics and Sociology and hosts the popular ClandesTime podcast.

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