Here Are 410 Movies Made Under The Direct Influence And Supervision Of The Pentagon

A year ago we featured a detailed report by authors Tom Secker and Matthew Alford exposing just how vast the Pentagon and CIA programs for partnering with Hollywood actually are, based on some 4,000 new pages of formerly classified archived documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

The report noted at the time that "These documents for the first time demonstrate that the US government has worked behind the scenes on over 800 major movies and more than 1,000 TV titles."

Reviewing the ever expanding list, the average movie watcher might be in for a shock at what films are actually included there are the more predictable ones like Black Hawk Down, Zero Dark Thirty, and Lone Survivor; but also entirely unexpected ones that apparently needed the military-industrial complex's propaganda touch like Earnest Saves ChristmasKarate Kid 2, The Silence of the Lambs, Twister, the Iron Man movies, and more recently Pitch Perfect 3.

When a Hollywood 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, who has been at the helm of this formerly semi-secret department going all the way back to 1989.

If there are characters, action or dialogue that the DOD doesn'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. To obtain full cooperation the producers have to sign contracts, called Production Assistance Agreements, which lock them into using a military-approved version of the script.

Months ago, Strub was again profiled in a report called Elisting an Audience: How Hollywood Peddles Propaganda, which quoted him trying to push back against the growing media exposure over the past year: "We're not trying to brainwash people! We're out to present the clearest, truest view," Strub told The Outline.

The report rightly noted that while Americans generally pride themselves on living in a free speech anti-censorship society, while simultaneously mocking the propaganda examples in places like Russia or China, the US public is subject to more homegrown state-run propaganda than it thinks:

Military pageantry in Russia, massive rallies in North Korea, blunt messaging from China. We cluck at shameless self-aggrandizing when we see it overseas. But it doesn’t take much effort to see that American propaganda is everywhere, too. It’s not government-made, and it’s not quite as brazen as its counterpart from abroad. But it’s here, and to ignore that a piece of content is, at its core, propaganda — especially these days, while Trump openly pines for grand army parades — is a mistake. “There’s all kinds of ways to make an ideological point,” Harris added. “Sometimes I do think we’re not attuned enough. We do not look hard enough for propaganda.”

And what's more, unlike in authoritarian systems, in the West it is the consumers that are actually willing, if perhaps unwitting, participants in state propaganda. The Outline report continues:

Certainly, the content has alternative, sincere agendas, too, but it’s the giant, amorphous market of consumers that has called it forth. That’s the difference between our propaganda and everyone else’s. In autocratic regimes, a government-backed entity pushes it onto indifferent or unwilling consumers. In America, we, the consumers, happily demand it.

Want to see what Hollywood films — some recent and some going back decades — that you've seen but were unaware had the US Department of Defense's official imprimatur?

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Below is a merely partial list of films in alphabetical order that had Pentagon involvement either during the script or production phase, according to declassified US government documents. Amazingly the list of 410 movies is but half of the total number (for example, Zero Dark Thirty and some other prominent ones are not on there) and was compiled by the FOIA investigative website Spy Culture

 

Comments

Free This B-Bond Mon, 08/06/2018 - 23:43 Permalink

Full Metal Jacket

Come on people best screen name ever:

Pussy Galore!!!

Best line:

From now on you will wear your underwear on the outside!

Grove Tube & Tunnelvision! Classics, and can't leave out Rocky Horror Picture Show!!

The Battleship Potemkin and The Great Train Robbery

Sorry, y'all, I had to get 3 credits and took The History of Motion Pictures back in the day

Last one I'll post - Animal House

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Tarzan CuttingEdge Tue, 08/07/2018 - 06:44 Permalink

the US public is subject to more homegrown state-run propaganda than anywhere else on the planet

I had to fix that, because no other nation is awash in propaganda like America.  From kids being programed by spending days at a time in front of a TV or gaming, to adults checking social media every minute of the day and night, to the State controlled "education" system, we're all under a spell, we all see thru a darkened glass, non are immune!

No matter how harsh, no matter the consequences, Truth is the way forward!  Expose all these wicked fools, expose us all, to the Truth!

Every man has a built in Truth meter.  When we stray, it brings hardship, and our inward peace is lost.  But hearing the Truth rings an inward bell, that infuses the mind with Peace.  Our conscience is a God given gift, one that the world is neglecting to follow, and in desperate need of.

It should be the goal of every man to seek Truth, where ever it leads, to follow after it doggedly in these dark dark times...

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Hugh_Jorgan Tarzan Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:23 Permalink

It's interesting to think about the specific propagandist aims for each of the films. Most are obvious geopolitical and nationalist, others could have been pushed by the arts or of historical value, but others seem more insidious like Ferris Bueller? Really what's up with that? Is it, let's all embrace the hippie/commie fallacy that "the kids know best" and utter disrespect for everyone over the age of 30 meme, anyone?               Anyone?              Something ---D O O-economics, Voodoo economics...

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inosent PrivetHedge Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:29 Permalink

The biblicism guy lacked credibility. His/her/its methodology was unnatural. Always with the links, but quite often the poster's 'quips' in the post were not related to the underlying article. The poster never took the time to really say anything, to raise from the source (the article on the link side) that salient portion mentioned and some relevant comment germane to the article presented that gives rise to the thread.

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I would not call that a very effective strategy at promoting an idea, or a site for that matter. Thus, either the person(s) behind it all were essentially very careless and stupid, or it was their intention all along.

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Lore tmosley Tue, 08/07/2018 - 02:38 Permalink

The propaganda is some of these is so thick, they're painful to watch.  Air Force One was a particular low. 

The list seems by no means complete.

I was just talking with family and friends last week about the declining quality of mainstream entertainment. Seriously, when's the last time you watched something that made you feel enriched?  Now we know (partly) why: the psychopaths gotta sink their corruptive hooks into EVERYthing. 

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•• Free This (below, in all his 7th grade glory - JACKASS  as new icon!)

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It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC LIDDLE SPAMMER!!!

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keep the basta… Stu Elsample Mon, 08/06/2018 - 23:54 Permalink

No mention of Battleship Galactica.

Worth seeing the actors comments on their role and the film, they had no idea poor dears.

Likewise extreme, but no military involved, just police uniforms, Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality, truly vicious social comment passed over as cheap comedy. 

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SocratesSolutions Stu Elsample Tue, 08/07/2018 - 04:02 Permalink

Hollywood has often shown you a "faction" movie, quite intensely over the last two decades. A faction is a basically a blend of fact and fiction. In other words, it is the devil. For that is what the devil does, mixes lies with truth and sells it for a profit. The devil is in fact the black hat wearers of Hollywood. The Satanic Jews. What else can you call the Talmud propogators except dogshit, truly? 

They are no longer allowed to be on the World Stage. The Satanic Jews will have their Satanic cult burned down to the ground. 

This is stated by the person they made a faction trilogy out of, which you know as The Matrix.  

www.21stcenturyworldmessage.com 

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