Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hollywood's CIA Connection

The ultra-rich Hollywood movie and tv studio executives of Wall Street's U.S. media conglomerates have apparently been collaborating with the U.S. government's Central Intelligence Agency [C.I.A.] in recent years. As Texas Christian University Professor Tricia Jenkins recently observed in The CIA in Hollywood: How The Agency Shapes Films and Television:

"...The Central Intelligence Agency...did not hire Chase Brandon as its first entertainment industry liaison officer until 1996...The Agency has...sharped the content of numerous film and television works, including JAG (1995-2005), Enemy of the State (1998), In The Company of Spies (1999), The Agency (2001-2003), Alias (2001-2006), 24 (2001-2010), Bad Company (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002), The Recruit (2003), Covert Affairs (2010- ), and Argo (in production). CIA administrators have also met with studio heads and theatrical agents in order to influence their ideas about the Agency more broadly, and its retired officers have likewise contributed to numerous films, including Sneakers (1992), Meet the Parents (2000), Syriana (2005), The Good Shepherd (2006), Rendition (2007), Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Salt (2010), and Red (2010)...

"...Few people know that the CIA has been actively engaged in shaping the content of film and television...Much of what we know about Langley has been deliberately placed in the public domain by the Agency itself, since it realizes the importance of controlling its public image..." 

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