On Her Majesty’s ClandesTime Service – Interview with Tom Secker – Ep 30

Tom Secker visits the podcast for an in-depth discussion on examining films manipulated by the CIA or the DOD, filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the US government, various military films to include A Few Good Men, War Machine, and Zero Dark Thirty, and lastly, we discuss Tom’s book “National Security Cinema”

Tom Secker is a British-based writer, researcher, author, podcaster and filmmaker.  His specialities include the security services, Hollywood, propaganda, censorship and the history of terrorism.  He runs the Spy Culture site and hosts the ClandesTime podcast, and his latest book is National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood.

NOTE: THIS EPISODE HAS SOME AUDIO QUALITY ISSUES.  ZOOM CRASHED ON US AND SKYPE SUCKS.  


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TomDispatch listed as ‘hate/’racism’ by DOD / About Face convention – Ep 18

We’re back!!!  After a few sweltering summer weeks, Danny and I are back.  We’ve got a lot of stuff coming up!!!  Next Friday, we have our episode on moral injury, including the Warax, Tyson Manker, and Chaplain Josh Morris.  It’s an intense but needed discussion on today’s troops dealing with the moral leanings of their decisions and the decisions of our government.  Next, we and Roomofrequirement, a political podcast, will be doing a joint episode with their hosts.  Veterans and civilians need to spend more time face to face, discussing issues important to the military and important to the country, so this is us doing our teen tiny part.  And last on the upcoming stuff for this week, but certainly not least, our next major breakdown will be released on September 6 when we’ll discuss September 11, 2001.  Its history, its myths, its bearing on our national security state, and how it affected us personally.

On the hot seat for today, first we discuss the recent bombing in Yemen, which killed a multitude of small children.   Next, we discuss recent developments with the Pentagon, as it continues to stonewall reporters asking basic defense questions and even retaliate against some of them for what it considers to be unfavorable headlines.  Then, we discuss a terrifying development involving TomDispatch and the Department of Defense.  Lastly, Danny gives us the scoop on his time at the About Face convention.


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When you feel the ‘pressure’ – Blast pressure, water contamination, and Afghanistan – Ep 12

I’ve fired around a half dozen belt fed weapons systems during my time in service; some bigger and louder than others, and all of them a kick ass way to spend an afternoon.  Well, that is until you realize the effects of firing them over a longer period of time. It’s not just loud noise or dangerous, hot metal. I remember spending an entire day working as a lane safety for a .50 cal machine gun range.  I stood less than three feet from a firing heavy machine gun all day, burning my hands as I changed the barrels when they became too hot despite using a specially designed heat mitten. At a certain point of temperature, it doesn’t matter anymore.  Glove or not, you’re getting burned. I remember I set a hot barrel a bit too close to the side of my foot while it was cooling and the damn barrel burned my foot through my boot.

This is part and parcel the Army’s (and I’m assuming the Marine Corps as well) main area of training.  We’d spent hundred of hours a year on a variety of ranges and not just when we were the ones firing.  It takes dozens of people to run most ranges, so in the lovely mist that is Fort Lewis in the winter and spring, your entire platoon would be spend whole days at the range, near these loud and dangerous devices.  But what if that was enough to hurt you? I was already told as long as we had proper eye and ear protection, we were golden. The truth is much darker.

00:45 – Blast pressure report on heavy use of crew served weapons

11:40 – Afghanistan update from recent SIGAR report

22:32 – Water contamination at 126 DOD sites

In Vets, Even Mild Case of TBI Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia – Karen Kaplan – Los Angeles Times

Gunners Using Shoulder-Borne Heavy Weapons at Risk for Brain Damage – Stars and Stripes – Wyatt Olson

Update to last week’s post on suicide and combat guilt – Matthew Hoh

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) quarterly report to Congress – 4-30-18

DoD: At least 126 bases report water contaminants linked to cancer, birth defects – Military Times – Tara Copp

Ranks of Notorious Hate Group Include Active-Duty Military – Propublica


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