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How Pentagon Turned 'Top Gun' Sequel Into Recruitment And PR Vehicle

How Pentagon Turned 'Top Gun' Sequel Into Recruitment And PR Vehicle

Files on “Top Gun: Maverick” detail the influence the Pentagon had over the sequel to Top Gun, how that affected the storyline and character arcs, and which “key talking points” became part of the script.Additionally, documents on “Top Gun” also show the United States military has long wanted this to be a major franchise. The first “Top Gun” (1986) is often remembered as a recruitment bonanza for the US military, in part due to of recruiters setting up tables and stalls outside movie theaters.However, internal documents show that it was more than that – a produced by the Pentagon...

May 26
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Documents From ‘Argo’ Production Reveal What It’s Like To Film At CIA Headquarters

Documents From ‘Argo’ Production Reveal What It’s Like To Film At CIA Headquarters

Since the early 1970s the Central Intelligence Agency has granted access to their Langley headquarters to a small handful of film and TV producers to add credibility and authenticity to spy dramas—often in exchange for positive portrayals of the agency.  Newly released shed light on this process, as well as the close relationship between the Agency and the makers of the Oscar-winning spy drama “Argo,” especially with the film’s director and star Ben Affleck.  In early 2011, Affleck was gearing up to shoot “Argo,” about the real-life CIA operation to smuggle six embassy...

Jul 29
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Documents: CIA Successfully Pressured Michael Bay To Change Benghazi Movie

Documents: 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...

July 30, 2019
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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.

January 14, 2021
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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...

December 17, 2020
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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.”

December 14, 2020
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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...

December 11, 2020
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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...

December 7, 2020
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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.

September 3, 2020
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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...

July 23, 2019
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