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Mark Felt Archives - Shadowproof

Mark Felt Archives - Shadowproof

The FBI contacted producers of “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House,” even though no assistance was initially requested.

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Tom Secker
Jan 14
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Propaganda Archives - Shadowproof

Propaganda Archives - Shadowproof

In 2016, the United States Army developed a months-long, multi-platform promotional campaign for the ‘Independence Day’ sequel.Journalist Tom Secker, known for his work at Spy Culture, produced a video essay on the Amazon series, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” It breaks down how the CIA, Defense Department, and other United States government agencies produced the show. Secker outlines some of the history of U.S. government  involvement inThe Occupation Of The American Mind is a stunning documentary examining Israel’s public relations war in the United States.A US government media organization...

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Tom Secker
Dec 17
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Michael Bay Archives - Shadowproof

Michael Bay Archives - Shadowproof

CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) staff met with director Michael Bay and successfully leaned on him to make changes to his Benghazi movie, “13 Hours.”

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Tom Secker
Dec 14
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Army Archives - Shadowproof

Army Archives - Shadowproof

In 2016, the United States Army developed a months-long, multi-platform promotional campaign for the ‘Independence Day’ sequel.Chelsea Manning went before a three-member disciplinary board at Fort Leavenworth on September 22 and was punished with 14 days of solitary confinement. The punishment stems from administrative charges the United States Army brought against Manning after she attempted suicide in July. The Army charged her with “resisting the forceIn a second letter from Chelsea Manning, she reflects on being put on 21-day recreation restriction and what it is like to read letters...

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Tom Secker
Dec 11
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Benghazi Archives - Shadowproof

Benghazi Archives - Shadowproof

CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) staff met with director Michael Bay and successfully leaned on him to make changes to his Benghazi movie, “13 Hours.”Next Cold War Roundup 1/18/16 Iran Sanctions Lifted, Prisoners Swapped, US Treasury Slapped New Ballistic Program Sanctions "We’ve achieved this historic progress through diplomacy, without resorting to another war in the Middle East." —@POTUS #IranDeal — The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 17, 2016   _ #JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) criteria wereAs Clinton makes another attempt at the imperial presidency, she appears unwilling or unable to...

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Tom Secker
Dec 7
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Homeland Security in Hollywood: How the Department Controls Its Image On Screen

Homeland Security in Hollywood: How the Department Controls Its Image On Screen

Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make plans while ensuring our organization does not depend on grants or major funders. If you like what you read, support our writers with a donation today.

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Tom Secker
Sep 3
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film Archives - Shadowproof

film Archives - Shadowproof

In 2016, the United States Army developed a months-long, multi-platform promotional campaign for the ‘Independence Day’ sequel.Kevin Gosztola highlights several top films from 2019, including Dark Waters, Hail Satan?, The Nightingale, and The Report.CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) staff met with director Michael Bay and successfully leaned on him to make changes to his Benghazi movie, “13 Hours.”Nearly 200 pages of contracts from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) show reveal how agency exercises creative control over TV and film productions.Some of the top 2018 films that...

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Tom Secker
May 21
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Documents Reveal US Army Propaganda Campaign For 'Independence Day' Sequel

Documents Reveal US Army Propaganda Campaign For 'Independence Day' Sequel

The Pentagon did not provide production support to the movie “Independence Day” because it portrayed the military as ineffective against the alien threat. There also was dialogue mentioning Area 51 and Will Smith’s Air Force character dated a stripper. But in 2016, the United States Army developed a months-long, multi-platform promotional campaign for the movie’s sequel.Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) the campaign for “Independence Day: Resurgence” was pursued to blend fiction and reality, boost recruitment, and alter the public’s perception of the...

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Tom Secker
Feb 10
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National Geographic Archives - Shadowproof

National Geographic Archives - Shadowproof

Production assistance agreements released by the Defense Department show the United States military used taxpayer money to subsidize part of the production of the National Geographic series, “The Long Road Home,” and a companion documentary.National Geographic miniseries, “Long Road Home,” received extensive military support. Pentagon bent its rules for assistance, potentially committing fraud.

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Tom Secker
May 8
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CIA Successfully Pressured Michael Bay To Change Benghazi Movie

CIA Successfully Pressured Michael Bay To Change Benghazi Movie

The CIA released a batch of documents detailing how their Office of Public Affairs (OPA) staff met with the film director Michael Bay and successfully leaned on him to make changes to the script to “13 Hours.”The 2016 action thriller is the only major movie Hollywood has produced about the attacks on the United States Special Mission in Benghazi and the nearby CIA annex.It grossed less than $70 million against a $50 million budget and is the least commercially successful film Bay has ever produced. While audiences rated “13 Hours” more highly than critics, the film’s attempt to capitalize...

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Tom Secker
Sep 19
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Documents Show FBI's Role In Film On Watergate Leaker Mark Felt

Documents Show FBI's Role In Film On Watergate Leaker Mark Felt

Set in the aftermath of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover’s death, 2017’s “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” was a historical thriller about the new FBI leadership and how it came to terms with Hoover’s passing as well as Watergate.The film followed Felt as he betrayed the FBI by leaking to reporters and becoming the notorious “Deep Throat.”It boasted an A-list cast that included Liam Neeson as Felt and Diane Lane as his wife, yet the film garnered mixed reviews and performed dismally at the box office.The film’s release was timed to capitalize on public interest in the...

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Tom Secker
Sep 17
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Contracts Show US Army Helped Pay For NatGeo's 'Long Road Home'

Contracts Show US Army Helped Pay For NatGeo's 'Long Road Home'

Production assistance agreements released by the Defense Department show the United States military used taxpayer money to subsidize part of the production of the National Geographic series, “The Long Road Home,” and a companion documentary.In January, Shadowproof documents from the Army showing how they found ways to reduce the costs of their massive production assistance on the National Geographic war drama, which told a version of the story of the battle for Sadr City in 2004, a key moment in the Iraq War.While Pentagon guidelines state that assistance to entertainment media can only be...

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Tom Secker
Sep 7
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Documents: Pentagon Broke Rules To Support NatGeo's 'Last Road Home'

Documents: Pentagon Broke Rules To Support NatGeo's 'Last Road Home'

The National Geographic drama series, “The Long Road Home,” tells a version of the story of the battle for Sadr City in 2004, a key moment in Iraq War, and newly-released emails and other documents from the United States Army detail the extensive military support for the TV series and how the Pentagon repeatedly bent its own rules on providing assistance to entertainment productions.Until April 2004, Sadr City was one of the quietest areas of Baghdad and coalition troops stationed there saw little action. That all changed on the night of April 4, known as ‘Black Sunday.’ Muqtada al-Sadr,...

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Tom Secker
Sep 6
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The DEA And Entertainment Industry: Spying, Censorship, and Control

The DEA And Entertainment Industry: Spying, Censorship, and Control

Nearly 200 pages of Drug Enforcement Administration contracts with producers were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. They show for the first time how the agency interacts with television and film productions.The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is quite active in the entertainment industry. It exercises stringent control over how the agency is represented in documentaries, reality shows, and dramas.With several projects, the DEA carefully reviews their own files to pick out select cases that made them look good, which then form the basis for either fictional or factual...

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Tom Secker
Jul 23
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