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Requester's Voice: National Security Cinema's Tom Secker

Requester’s Voice: National Security Cinema’s Tom Secker

Tom Secker and Matthew Alford spent years digging into a secret that was hiding in plain sight. Or rather, hiding in movie theaters, television sets, and streaming services everywhere: The secret influence the Department of Defense and intelligence community had on Hollywood. In this Requesters Voice, Secker shares what he learned.

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The Asia Foundation's public distancing of its relation with the CIA didn't end Agency's ties

The Asia Foundation’s public distancing of its relation with the CIA didn’t end Agency’s ties

While some outlets did briefly describe the Asia Foundation as being an alleged Central Intelligence Agency conduit, the charges were typically vague and largely circumstantial. None of the archived reports specifically tied it to Agency funds until March 21, 1967 when TAF announced it in a limited hangout”, a technique used when the Agency “can no longer rely on a phony cover story to misinform the public, they resort to admitting some of the truth while still managing to withhold the key and damaging facts in the case.”

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The stolen history of the CIA and the Asian Foundation

The stolen history of the CIA and the Asian Foundation

The Asia Foundation is, on the surface, a private non-profit that contributes to the development of Asia, including donating millions of books. In reality, since it was created by Central Intelligence Agency in 1951, TAF has engaged in a decades long campaign to misrepresent its origins, purpose and funding.

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How the OSS helped John Ford win an Oscar - twice

How the OSS helped John Ford win an Oscar - twice

Recently uncovered materials buried in CIA’s CREST archive offer some behind-the-scenes insight into American filmmaker John Ford’s career with the U.S. military.

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Robert Blum, the spy who shaped the world Part 2

Robert Blum, the spy who shaped the world Part 2

At the same time that Robert Blum was helping shape National Security Council’s policies on covert psychological operations and paramilitary actions, Secretary of Defense Forrestal named Blum to the committee exploring the creation of the Armed Forces Security Agency - the direct predecessor to the NSA.

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