By Makia Freeman
The Pentagon-CIA Influence is subtle yet, when you become aware of it, all-pervasive. We enter this world believing that we live in a society where the Media, the Film Industry, the Weapons Industry, the Tech Industry and the Government are separate, discrete industries that function autonomously. Many of us also believe that these industries contain tens or even hundreds of different brands, channels, products or platforms, only to later find out the ownership is highly concentrated at the top. However, even beyond that, one can trace a force, a group, which controls all of these diverse industries and more: the Pentagon-CIA influence. Let’s take a look at some recent examples, and some older ones, which illustrate this concept.
Pentagon-CIA Influence: Feeding Info to Hollywood that Not Even Defense Lawyers Can Access
The Guardian article CIA gave details of 9/11 suspect’s secret torture to film-makers, lawyers say exposes the rather stunning fact that the Hollywood producers of the film Zero Dark Thirty were able to learn things about the detention and beatings of Guantanamo inmate Ammar al-Baluchi that not even his defense lawyers were privy to. (Al-Baluchi is a 9/11 suspect facing the death sentence.) Why? Let me guess. Perhaps because the CIA has no interest in letting an innocent man go free and every interest in seeing Arab scapegoats get punished for 9/11 (a massive false flag op pulled off by these 3 groups) and every interest in providing good propaganda to Hollywood, the biggest film industry in the world, so they can continue to mold the perception of minds everywhere. The Nazis were good bad guys for awhile, but now Arabs are the best bad guys around – what with their scary beards and all.
This fantastic 2017 article Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA: US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows detailed the massive and astonishing extent to which movies directly influenced by the MIC. However, the influence is far beyond 1800 programs, since that is all we can ascertain so far with FOIA requests; there is much more hidden. There is also the issue of soft censorship whereby films never get made because they can’t obtain military support due to their ‘unacceptable’ scripts. The military censorship of entertainment is extreme:
“When a writer or producer approaches the Pentagon and asks for access to military assets to help make their film, they have to submit their script to the entertainment liaison offices for vetting. Ultimately, the man with the final say is Phil Strub, the Department of Defense’s (DOD) chief Hollywood liaison. If there are characters, action or dialogue that the DOD don’t approve of then the film-maker has to make changes to accommodate the military’s demands. If they refuse then the Pentagon packs up its toys and goes home.”
“The documents we obtained further reveal that the Pentagon has the power to stop a film from being made by refusing or withdrawing support. Some movies such as Top Gun, Transformers and Act of Valor are so dependent on military cooperation that they couldn’t have been made without submitting to this process.”
The CIA and NSA both use their influence to change scripts:
“The CIA has also managed to censor scripts, removing or changing sequences that they didn’t want the public to see. On Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal ‘verbally shared’ his script with CIA officers, and they removed a scene where a drunk CIA officer fires an AK-47 into the air from a rooftop in Islamabad, and removed the use of dogs from the torture scenes.”
Pentagon-CIA Influence and the Mockingbird Media it Owns
Operation Mockingbird was a CIA project to infiltrate and covertly control the media. It began in the 1950s under then CIA director Allen Dulles. The declassified files (most are classified and secret, but a tiny fraction here) show how the CIA infiltrated the mainstream media and had its pieces inserted into TV, newspapers and journals everywhere as ‘news’ when they were nothing more than lies and propaganda. Richard Salant, former President of CBS News, once said that “our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.” Mockingbird was famously exposed in the 1975 Church Committee hearings (see an