Hollywood Promotes War On Behalf Of The Pentagon, CIA, & NSA
Medium.com, July 5, 2017
US military and intelligence documents reveal for the first time the vast scale of US government control in Hollywood, including the ability to manipulate scripts or even prevent films too critical of the Pentagon from being made? — not to mention influencing some of the most popular film franchises in recent years.
This raises new questions not only about the way censorship works in the modern entertainment industry, but also about Hollywood’s little known role as a propaganda machine for the US national security apparatus.
When we first looked at the relationship between politics, film and television, we accepted the consensus opinion that a small office at the Pentagon had, on request, assisted the production of around 200 movies throughout the history of modern media, with minimal input on the scripts.
How ignorant we were. More appropriately, how misled we had been.
The US government has worked behind the scenes on over 800 major movies and more than 1,000 TV titles.
Alongside the massive scale of these operations, US government involvement also includes script rewrites on some of the biggest and most popular films, including James Bond, the Transformers franchise, and movies from the Marvel and DC cinematic universes.
A similar influence is exerted over military-supported TV along with numerous documentaries by PBS, the History Channel and the BBC.
Dozens of films and TV shows have been supported and influenced by the CIA.
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.
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. To obtain cooperation the producers have to sign «contracts» — Production Assistance Agreements —which lock them into using a military-approved version of the script.
Any reference to military suicide — even an off-hand remark in a superhero action-comedy adventure — is something the DOD will not allow. It is an embarrassing topic for them, when during the ever-expanding and increasingly futile ‘War on Terror’, more US servicemen have killed themselves than have died in combat.
Vietnam is evidently another sore topic for the US military. ‘Ranch Hand’ is the name of a real military operation that saw the US Air Force dump millions of gallons of pesticides and other poisons onto the Vietnamese countryside, rendering millions of acres of farmland poisoned and infertile, so the Pentagon removed any reference to “Ranch Hand.»
They also removed dialogue referring to ‘all those boys, guinea pigs, dying from radiation, and germ warfare’, an apparent reference to covert military experiments on human subjects.
The documents further reveal that the Pentagon has the power to stop a film from being made by refusing or withdrawing support. The movie Countermeasures was rejected by the military for several reasons, and consequently never produced. One of the reasons is that the script included references to the Iran-Contra scandal.
Similarly Fields of Fire and Top Gun 2 were never made because they couldn’t obtain military support, again due to politically controversial aspects of the scripts.
This ‘soft’ censorship also affects TV. For example, a planned Louis Theroux documentary on Marine Corps recruit training was rejected, and as a result was never made.
The DOD’s influence on popular culture can be found at all stages of production, granting them the same kind of power as major studio executives.
The CIA has also been able to wield considerable influence on some of the projects they have supported (or refused to support). All of this helped to propagate the idea that the Agency is a benevolent, rational actor in a chaotic and dangerous world. Indeed, the CIA’s ability to influence movie scripts goes back to their early years.
We also found indications that the NSA are adopting similar tactics to the CIA and DOD.
In all, we are looking at a vast, militarised propaganda apparatus operating throughout the screen entertainment industry in the United States.
The shaping of our popular culture is aimed at promoting a pro-war mindset.
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую, якобы процветающую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских (государственных) партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, неофашист и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР — ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США