Sunday, March 24, 2013

What You're Not Reading, Day 3

Sooo….I had no idea that in the mid nineties the CIA appointed a Hollywood liaison; did you? The CIA was influential in the film business during the Cold War, but it was covert for the most part--a propaganda tool--but in 1996 they actually made it official by opening an office in Hollywood.

Author Tricia Jenkins interviews numerous CIA staff, including operations officers, as well as Hollywood producers and screenwriters who have worked with the CIA.  Specifically, she writes about the CIA’s involvement with TV shows like The Agency and Alias (Jennifer Gardner actually appeared in a recruitment video for the CIA in 2004).

Films such as Enemy of the State, Sum of all Fears, Syriana, and The Good Shepherd (Robert Baer, ret. CIA, provided source material for the latter two) are also written about in depth. The objective of the liaisons to Hollywood is to improve the overall image of the CIA and convince the world of the importance of Langley in a post Cold War world and after the failures of 9/11…I mean was the CIA really effective? Cue the Hollywood music and read the chapter on the show, The Agency.  
We can only assume author,
Tricia Jenkins is under

The CIA in Hollywood asks us to think about the ethics and legality of the power the CIA wields in modern filmmaking. Personally, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I mean it’s not like the CIA agents were actually in any of these movies or television shows. It’s not like they were basically helping write the films…oh, they were? Huh.

Tom Hayden wrote a fantastic piece on this book in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago, and he includes the controversy of Argo and Zero Dark Thirty.  It’s a jaw dropper. 

oh Jessica...

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