POLITICAL THEATER: ‘Quid Pro Quo’, A look Inside the CIA/Pentagon/Hollywood Axcess

Source – spyculture.com

– Tom Clancy was one of the most popular spy authors of all time, but was he a spy himself?  What are the nature of his government connections?  How were the film adaptations of his novels supported by the Pentagon and the CIA?  What script changes were made by the DOD in exchange for their support?

As I’m sure you’re all aware, Tom Clancy is one of the best known and highest selling authors of the last century. He is perhaps the highest selling American spy author of all time. This is important, because spy fiction is not a strong point of American literature. I read a lot of books, I always have, I find books more interesting than people most of the time though of course without people there could be no books. I mean that in the sense that books are some of the best things humans can make, not that humans are all boring idiots. Tom Clancy certainly wasn’t a boring idiot.

What American literature does best, perhaps better than any other nation’s literature, is crime. Perhaps it’s something to do with how violence is so openly at the core of the existence of the US as a country. A nation born out of war that became powerful through slavery and genocide and is now the first truly global military empire in human history. Violence is at the heart of any state, but I don’t think this is more obvious in any current state than in the US. Perhaps Saudi Arabia, where they still behead people for being gay while selling us oil so we sell them missiles and government bonds.

In any case, US crime fiction is, in my opinion, the best in the world. The best spy fiction, at least that written in the English language, is British. And that’s no surprise, really, given factors such as the British being one of the first nations to develop intelligence agencies in the formal sense. Also being the most successful of the European empire nations, thus having the most prominent need for intelligence agents and agencies. It is no coincidence that the world’s biggest spy book and film franchise is of British origin.

Another massive factor in this is just how many of the great British spy authors are or were ex-intelligence (or in some cases were agents alongside their writing careers). Ian Fleming worked in Naval Intelligence during the war and it is evident from biographies about him that he never truly left that world. Frederick Forsyth recently admitted to being a part-time agent for MI6. John Le Carre was both MI5 and MI6. Len Deighton worked in the Special Investigation Branch of the British military. Graham Greene was MI6. Somerset Maugham was MI6. Stella Rimington was the head of MI5.

Was Tom Clancy a Spook?

Likewise, a reasonably high number of American spy authors, at least some of the more prominent ones have been CIA or ex-CIA. E Howard Hunt, William F Buckley Jr. and Charles McCarry spring to mind. But the most successful authors like Robert Ludlum, Alan Furst and Tom Clancy do not appear to have been spooks. And I should say – I am a fan of several of these authors, I even like Ian Fleming despite the misogynistic and colonialist overtones to pretty much everything he ever wrote.

Essentially, there is no evidence that Tom Clancy was a spy, he never actually worked for intelligence or military intelligence or even private intelligence, at least as far as we know. But he was something. He moved in that world to some extent, he was certainly much closer to being a state propagandist than other authors are or were. We can break this down two parts:

1) Tom Clancy himself, his life, his government connections, his books and their curious ability to predict the future.

2) The film adaptations of Clancy’s books.

I want to start at the outside and work in from there so in part one of this two part podcast we will begin with the films, which are probably the easier case to make and which I hope will tee up and provide context for the second episode. In short, all of the major films adaptations of Clancy’s novels have been state-sponsored at the highest level, with the possible exception of the most recent film but even there we find strongly suggestive evidence. So let’s break it down:

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

This film was strongly supported by the Department of Defense, most prominently the Navy. The movie had some trouble getting made, mostly because of the Cold War setting which studios believed was no longer interesting to audiences because the Cold War was coming to an end. Producer Mace Neufeld, who has worked a lot with government agencies and has produced all four Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan films, said that another problem was that studios executives won’t read the book itself before making a decision, they just read summaries. He actually had to convince an executive to read the whole book in order to get a green light.

Nonetheless, the Navy went all in on this production, thinking that it could be another Top Gun. And in some ways they were right, the submarines themselves are the big visually exciting elements of what is otherwise a lengthy spy drama about a Russian sub commander defecting. The Navy loaned the USS Houston to the producers, in the film it is named the USS Dallas so clearly they picked the one with the most similar name. The submarine did over 40 emergency surface ‘blows’ to help produce the very dramatic and impressive submarine-dodging-the-torpedo climax sequence at the end of the film.

Indeed, three people in the film had military experience. Sean Connery – who plays the Soviet defector with a conspicuously Scottish accent – was in the Royal Navy, Scott Glenn was in the US Marines and James Earl Jones was in the ROTC and did US Ranger training during the Korean war. Most bizarrely, the film of The Hunt for Red October (and thus the book several years earlier) revealed classified technology. The Red October, the prototype Russian sub that is stolen by the Americans, can navigate without sonar, i.e. more or less silently. Some US submarine could actually do this, though Clancy denied being given this classified information so presumably he just made it up out of thin air.

Also, the film is one of several reviewed by the CIA‘s in house journal Studies in Intelligence and Tom Clancy was invited to Langley after the book was published. The CIA’s review primarily focuses on the Navy’s support for the film, noting that they ‘provided unprecedented access to their submarines and training in submarine steering for Connery, Baldwin, and Scott Glenn.’ So, this is not only the book that got Tom Clancy in with the CIA, it is the film that got Clancy’s books in with Hollywood.

Patriot Games (1992)

This is the first movie to be allowed to film at the CIA’s headquarters at Langley. Other films have since been allowed, such as Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, though the sequence in The Recruit where Colin Farrell does the usual ‘walk in, over the CIA seal and through the security barriers’ shot was done on a reconstructed set after they had visited Langley.

TheRecruit-LangleyColin Farrell in The Recruit, at a fake Langley

I obtained a few documents from the CIA on their support to the film of Patriot Games which redact all sorts of information, such as who actually went to Langley but we know it included Harrison Ford and likely the director Phillip Noyce, who went on to make Salt some years later, also with CIA assistance. The CIA ultimately granted multiple tours to the producers and major talent for Patriot Games, gave permission for filming at Langley and for use of the CIA logo and seal. Though they also say that the logo and seal are public domain and thus, anyone can use them, they don’t have to ask the CIA’s permission. Patriot Games also appears on the DOD’s film list and the Department of Defence, the US Navy and the US Naval Academy are all credited at the end of the film.

It should be noted that Clancy himself was not happy with the film version, he felt that the film-makers had bastardised his book and only begrudgingly allowed his name to be associated with the movie.

Clear and Present Danger (1994)

Though the CIA did read the script of this film and offer some feedback, they refused to co-operate with the production because the CIA leadership is portrayed so very realistically, I mean badly, portrayed badly. Covert wars with drug cartels, assassination, high level corruption – it’s all in the book so no surprise that the CIA did not want to help this become a popular movie. People had just about forgotten about Iran Contra and the CIA drug smuggling scandals so the last thing they wanted was to remind anyone of some of their dirtiest and largest-scale crimes.

The DOD saw things a bit different and did help to make Clear and Present Danger. However, this was only after they consulted with several departments of the Pentagon and after a lot of changes were made to the script. The fullest account of this comes in the 2011 thesis Strange Bedfellows by Olga Zhakova at Lehigh University. She writes, ‘to make a decision on Clear and Present Danger (1994), the DoD contacted several additional offices to find out if DoD support to the film could be appropriate and beneficial. Since the film tells the story of a CIA analyst getting involved in an illegal war fought by the U.S. government against a Colombian drug cartel, offices such as the Department of Defense Coordinator for Drug Enforcement Policy and Support and the United States Special Operations Command were requested to review the script and provide their comments, in addition to the Department of the Air Force and Department of the Navy.’

She goes on, ‘The process of negotiating on Clear and Present Danger consisted of several stages. In the first stage the armed services involved in the project were given the script for review. All of them recommended disapproving the project for some similar and some varied reasons. However, some people in the DoD thought that the film would be beneficial to the military and insisted on finding a compromise for support. All objections were discussed between the DoD and the filmmakers. The script was rewritten several times to meet all the objections, and then the final script was given to all the services involved for the second and final review. This entire expedited review process took five months. As a result, all services approved the project, and it got full DoD support.’

The thesis notes that some objections were that the story could damage the relations between the US and Latin American countries, with one officer writing that the viewer might have ‘a difficult time separating fact from fiction’. There were pages and pages of problems that different branches of the Pentagon had with the original script, even though it closely mirrored real events in the of Iran-Contra. It wasn’t that the events were necessarily unrealistic so much as they portrayed the military doing illegal things, and just callous and reckless things.

Nonetheless, the DOD wanted to support the film, so DOD entertainment liaison chief Phil Strub wrote to Mace Neufeld refusing the request for production assistance but outlining the changes that would secure the Pentagon’s help. The changes were, broadly, ‘very negative portrayals of the U.S. President and his national security advisor; U.S. armed forces carrying out illegal, covert operations; very negative portrayal of Columbia; Army forces “conducting ambushes in which the objective seems to be killing lightly-armed, ill trained peasants instead of destroying drug production facilities”; the Navy launching a covert air strike and the subsequent “trivializing” of collateral damage; an Air Force fighter attacking an unarmed civilian aircraft; and a Marine helicopter gunship attacking “a lightly-defended drug overlord’s residence, with very modest effect.”

PhilStrub-SetofIronMan2Phil Strub (right) – The Pentagon’s Entertainment Censor

You can read the full details in Olga Zhakova’s thesis but essentially the film-makers caved and the changes were made to the Clear and Present Danger script and the film secured full DOD co-operation. The Pentagon’s on set advisor Major David Georgi wrote a memo saying that, ‘In short, military depictions have become more of a ‘commercial’ for us more than damage control and the production offers good public informational value’. However, he is quoted in David Robb’s book Operation Hollywood as saying ‘ Always, somewhere in the mind of the producers, they’d try and turn the picture in the direction that they had originally presented to us… It would be my job as a technical advisor to make sure that the movie did not stray substantially from the original approved version’.

Sum of All Fears (2002)

This film enjoyed full co-operation not just from the DOD but also from the CIA. This is one of very few films that CIA entertainment liaison officer Chase Brandon was officially credited on, and it is listed on his IMDB page. The story of a massive nuclear terrorist attack on the US, at a sports game no less, was perfect for the post-9/11 era. Of course, the film was in development before 9/11 but you can see why the CIA and the Pentagon wanted this story up on the screen.

This is also where Ben Affleck first formally gets involved with the CIA, as he plays the main CIA character in the film – Jack Ryan. Ryan was previously played by Alec Baldwin and then Harrison Ford so this was a big step up for Affleck and his first big move into that world. He had previously been in DOD supported movies like Armageddon, which also had NASA on board, and Pearl Harbor. Presumably this is where he got to meet Chase Brandon, who already knew his wife-to-be Jennifer Garner from working on Alias.

However, the DOD did change elements of the story in exchange for their production assistance. A scene where an aircraft carrier is attacked and even sunk by terrorists was seen to be portraying the US military/security institutions as weak and vulnerable. It was changed so the attack only caused damage to the ship, and doesn’t sink it. Bearing in mind this is all going on in the wake of the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen and you do wonder why they didn’t want the scene scrapped entirely.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

However, that is where the film adaptations of Tom Clancy’s work stopped for over a decade. Then, in 2014 we got a full reboot with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit which is not really based on any Clancy novel but does have a similar feel to The Recruit, which was essentially written by Chase Brandon. The new Jack Ryan, Christopher Pine, is quite a lot like Colin Farrell and the story has similar elements including the inevitable involvement of those pesky Russians.

There is no credited involvement of the DOD or CIA in Shadow Recruit. The only technical advisor listed is Paul Hornsby, a guy who has appeared on the scene only quite recently and has been accused of fabricating a history in the British special forces. However, the film was produced by Mace Neufeld who has been in charge of the Jack Ryan/Tom Clancy franchise since the beginning. It was also produced by Di Bonventura Pictures, a mini-studio within Paramount run by Lorenzo Di Bonventura. Among their productions all the Transformers franchise, made with the DOD and NASA, the Salt franchise, made with the CIA’s help, the Red series produced with ex-CIA agent Bob Baer, and now Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Di Bonventura Pictures’ other CIA connection is Chase Brandon, the former CIA entertainment liaison. As I noted in my recent article Decoding Chase Brandon, he co-wrote a script for them called The Rub, alongside Wag the Dog screenwriter Hilary Henkin. This was never made into a film, but given given that another of Brandon’s partners was Roger Towne, who let Brandon use him as a front for ghost-writing The Recruit, and given what Di Bonaventura Pictures have done since then, one has to wonder what role Brandon and the CIA have in Lorenzo Di Bonventura’s studio. So the likelihood is that the Agency were involved in the Jack Ryan reboot, though at this point we have no solid evidence.

Tom Clancy’s Films

To sum all this up – since the beginning all of the movie adaptations of Tom Clancy’s books have been supported by the Pentagon and/or the CIA. This often came at a price, and occasionally the script changes brought to bear by the government had the effect of pissing off Clancy himself. This does raise the question of the extent to which Clancy was on board with the DOD and CIA’s overall propaganda missions. However, even the one film – Clear and Present Danger – that the DOD heavily altered and the CIA refused to properly support still had some CIA consultancy and the DOD worked for months to get the script into a shape they were happy with.

What this proves is that there are differences between what is tolerated in book format and what is tolerated in film format. The usual assumption is that people who read books are more intelligent, which is often true. As such they can be subjected to more controversial information without the state being too bothered about it. By contrast, for the plebs who go to the cinema and mindlessly munch popcorn, the DOD and CIA only wants good images of themselves.

In the second part of this podcast we will take a closer look at Clancy himself, the secrets revealed by his FBI files and a very strange and sad incident when a teenage boy flew a small plane into a skyscraper shortly after the 9/11 attacks. In particular I’ll outline Clancy’s more prominent government connections and ask whether he was some kind of asset for US intelligence. We will also get into the curious predictive ability that Clancy had and what that might mean, both in terms of intelligence operations but also philosophically.

Chase Brandon was the CIA’s first entertainment liaison officer, working in the entertainment industry for over a decade from 1996 onwards.  Brandon helped produce over a dozen major films and a similar number of TV shows and more than any other individual helped set up a permanent CIA network within Hollywood and the rest of the industry.  His website chasebrandon.com is a bit of a labyrinth but used in the right way it is a treasure trove of information and evidence of the relationship between the world’s largest intelligence agency and the world’s largest entertainment industry.  It even presents the possibility that Brandon was involved in making Wag the Dog.

Chase Brandon: A Mini-Biography

Very little is known about Chase Brandon’s career in the CIA before he was appointed their entertainment liaison officer.  Brandon’s site says that he worked for over 40 years for different institutions in the US intelligence, military and law enforcement apparatus.  We know that he was in the CIA for around 25 years, working primarily on overseas covert operations, before moving into entertainment propaganda. His site says:

Has worked for over forty years in the US intelligence community, Department of Defense and federal/state law enforcement organizations as a specialist in classic espionage operations and covert paramilitary activities.

He has lived and traveled abroad in over seventy countries, and as a senior operations officer, he has served a number of times as chief or deputy of Agency field installations.

Another page provides more details:

For twenty-five years he served in the Agency’s elite Clandestine Service as an undercover, covert operations officer carrying out foreign assignments involving international terrorism, counterinsurgency, global narcotics trafficking and weapons smuggling.

He operated under a range of official and private sector covers, sometimes using alias names and physical disguises, and often collaborating with special operations components of foreign military, security or law enforcement components abroad.

Though his site avoids this question, Brandon definitely served in Latin America sometime between joining the Agency in the early 70s and becoming their entertainment liaison officer in 1996.  The CIA’s extremely bloody history of covert ops in that part of the world was so bad that it brought about their most damaging whistleblower – Phil Agee.  It is likely that Brandon saw, experienced and participated in some very ugly operations and activities.

In the mid-1990s Brandon, like a lot of government employees, was thinking of retiring from what is laughably called public service.  The Agency were scouting about for a suitable agent to head up their new efforts at reaching out to the entertainment industry.  Their attempts to produce The Classified Files of the CIA in 1994-5 had gone badly wrong and they needed a more subtle approach.  While we cannot be sure, it is safe to assume that Brandon was partly chosen due to having experience with psychological warfare operations, or at least something involving art, entertainment or media.  Another useful factor is that Brandon’s first cousin is Tommy Lee Jones (who played CIA contract agent Clay Bertrand, the only man ever put on trial for the assassination of JFK).

So Brandon put off his retirement for what turned out to be a decade and was hugely successful in his new role as entertainment liaison chief for the CIA.  Chase is by far their longest serving officer in this role, his replacement Paul Barry lasted for only a couple of years before moving on to other pastures.  For several years before and after the turn of the millenium, 9/11 and the new world that emerged in its wake, Chase Brandon was pursuing the CIA’s propaganda objectives in Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment industry.  He finally retired in 2007, apparently taking with him all the records of what he had been doing.  Since then he has continued to work as a technical consultant to entertainment producers and has published his novel The Cryptos Conundrum, a ‘a sci-fi, political conspiracy thriller about CIA’s cover-up of the Roswell UFO crash’.

Brandon as CIA Entertainment Liaison Officer

Putting together a full list of the films that Chase Brandon worked on while he was working with Hollywood is not a straightforward task.  His IMDB page doesn’t even come up on the first page of google when you search his name.  When you do find the page it only mentions three films – The Recruit, Sum of All Fears and Enemy of the State.  It has previously listed two other movies – The Rogue and Fard Ayn, but these were made after he left the CIA and do not appear to have been fully released.

ChaseBrandon-IMDB-2010Chase Brandon’s IMDB page, February 2010

Over on Brandon’s personal site, once you get the hang of the unnecessary drop-down content tabs you find out that he was a consultant or technical advisor on The Recruit, Sum of All Fears, Enemy of the State, Bad Company, Mission Impossible III, Meet the Parents, In the Company of Spies, The Good Shepherd, Charlie Wilson’s War, Spy Game, The Interpreter and The Bourne Identity.  This information was only added to chasebrandon.com in June 2012, fully five years after he had left the Agency.

Sometime in 2013 Brandon added a section to the site that isn’t available via the homepage – there are no links to this section and the site has no search function.  I only found this semi-secret section by using a search engine to display all the pages under a particular primary URL, i.e. all pages within chasebrandon.com.  The hidden pages are a more extensive résumé for Chase Brandon’s career and credits in the entertainment industry and include the sequel to Meet the ParentsMeet the Fockers.  That makes it thirteen major movies that Brandon worked on in the ten years he was the CIA’s entertainment industry liaison.  It is perhaps significant that most of the additional pages in this semi-secret section of chasebrandon.com have not been archived by the wayback machine.

WaybackMachine-ChaseBrandon-SecretPagesNotArchivedWayback Machine result for http://www.chasebrandon.com/page0/page9/

Chase Brandon’s TV shows

Picking through the various pages on the website we can establish that Brandon also worked on eleven major TV series: The Path to 9-11, The Agency, Alias, 24, JAG, Air America, Covert Action, Top Secret Missions of the CIA, Stories of the CIA, Spies Above Us and Greatest Intelligence Agency.  I discussed many of these shows in my article The CIA’s TV Network but four of these stand out as particularly important.

The Path to 9-11 is an epic two-part documentary covering the period between the World Trade Center bombing of 1993 and the 9/11 attacks of September 2001.  It aired only once and has since been edited, censored, blocked from release and otherwise thrown into a maelstrom of political turmoil.  That even a Disney-produced ABC documentary assisted by the CIA could be subject to such pressures, mostly originating from the Clinton family power axis, suggests that not all is well when it comes to media representations of these events.

Covert Action – Produced by Craig Piligian and his company False Flag Productions this was a pair of mini-series from 2002 and 2003 that seem to have completely slipped under the radar of most people.  While the show was in production Piligian, along with actor Dean Cain, visited Langley to research an adaptation of the Argo story that became an episode of the Discovery Channel series Stories of the CIA.  As an edition of What’s News at CIA notes, Piligian had already produced several shows on the CIA by that point and he clearly had a long-running relationship with Chase Brandon.

CraigPiligian-CIATVFrom What’s News at CIA No. 799

Alias – This is most notable because it is a prototype for Homeland and because its star Jennifer Garner appeared in a CIA recruitment advert.  She was not paid for doing this, but we do know that Brandon personally recruited her to do the promotion.  The edition of What’s News has Brandon’s name redacted, but the redaction has been done just badly enough that you can see the tops of the letters and see that the name underneath is, and has to be, Chase Brandon.

ChaseBrandon-JenniferGarner-Focus-RevealChase Brandon, unredacted

The Agency seems to have enjoyed a particularly close relationship with the CIA, as it was co-written by former CIA agent Bazzel Baz, now known as just ‘Baz’.  The producer Michael Frost Beckner was interviewed by Tricia Jenkins for her book The CIA and Hollywood

The show was so good at predicting the future that even its pilot episode, written months before 9/11, included a ‘War on Terror’ against Osama Bin Laden after he attacks the West in spectacular fashion.  This episode, filmed in part at Langley with CIA officers playing background extras, was going to première at CIA headquarters about a week after 9/11 and on TV shortly after that.  Because the plot was so close to the bone the show was pulled, and the first season episodes re-ordered to move the offending episode down the schedule.

Chase Brandon’s Creative Partners

This is where things get really interesting.  Two names that feature prominently on Brandon’s site (in the semi-secret section) are his ‘writing partner’ Roger Towne and his ‘producing partner’ Jeff Apple, both of whom were response for The Recruit.  As the new edition of Jenkins’ The CIA in Hollywood records, Brandon essentially wrote The Recruit.  His control, at least over the initial drafts and thus the general tone and shape of the film, was near-total.  Towne was only allowed to write insignificant parts, like the speech for a minor character near the beginning of the film.

One communication from Brandon to Towne says, ‘OK Rog, your time to rock and role with the Medford speech.  I’m even going to give you the opportunity to describe him!!!!’ While the final script was polished by others including Kurt Wimmer, this is an unprecedented example of the extent to which the CIA have influenced a major movie.  That Brandon was joking about letting Towne write a small part of the script suggests Towne and likely Apple as well simply allowed Brandon to use them as fronts for what was in essence Brandon’s script and brainchild.

Was Towne otherwise just a front, a name for Brandon to use as a cover?  Towne was also responsible for writing In the Company of Spies, a TV movie that was heavily assisted by the CIA and which was originally titled The AgencyThe Recruit was originally drafted back in 1997, when In the Company of Spies was being developed, and some of the dialogue is identical including the line ‘The CIA’s failures are known, but its successes are not’.  Even though all of the articles from the CIA’s in house magazine What’s News at CIA are unclassified, Brandon’s name is always redacted.  This is despite the CIA naming him on their own website, but you would only find this if you already knew what you were looking for.  It is perhaps important to note that prior to In The Company of Spies, Towne had not written a major film for about 15 years.

This begs the same question about others who Brandon has worked closely with, including those working for Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, who has his own production house within Paramount called Di Bonaventura Pictures.  Brandon co-wrote a script for Di Bonaventura Pictures called The Rub, which was never actually turned into a movie.  Since then Di Bonaventura Pictures have produced the Transformers series with the assistance of the DOD and NASA, and more importantly the Salt and Red franchises with the assistance of current or former CIA officers, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit which has the same feel of being sponsored by the Agency.   Salt was written by Kurt Wimmer, one of the screenwriters on The Recruit.

Chase Brandon and Wag the Dog

The character played by Al Pacino in The Recruit bears a few uncanny resemblances to Chase Brandon.  They are both CIA officers of long standing, experienced in black operations, now working at the CIA’s training facility the Farm (The Farm was the original title for The Recruit).  There is even a plot point revolving around Pacino’s character having worked for the CIA in Latin America.  However, this is not the most striking or worrying example of Chase Brandon appearing in movies without us knowing.

1997’s Wag the Dog is a lower-budget political satire that has to be seen to be believed.  We reviewed the film for ClandesTime and in that episode I suggested that just as the Dustin Hoffman character appears to be based on Stanley Kubrick (he is even called Stanley) likewise Robert De Niro’s character seems to be based on Chase Brandon.  A quick run-down of the similarities:

– They have similar names – Conrad Breen and Chase Brandon

– They do very similar jobs, working in domestic political propaganda for the US government

– Breen is frequently asked what it is he does and what his job really is, but never answers (just like a CIA agent)

– It is Breen who instantly recognises the CIA when they involve themselves in the story

– It is Breen who negotiates successfully to get the CIA to back off, using the same kind of doublespeak Brandon uses when he talks

– It is Breen who instantly recognises when the CIA cut a deal with the rival presidential candidate

The two men even look quite similar, suggesting that whether or not Brandon was quietly involved in Wag the Dog, the Conrad Breen character was inspired by and is based on him.

Conrad-Brean-is-Chase-BrandonConrad Breen is Chase Brandon

Where this gets particularly spooky is that the screenwriter who co-wrote The Rub with Brandon for Di Bonaventura Pictures was none other than Hilary Henkin – who won an academy award for the original screenplay of Wag the Dog.  If what this implies – that Brandon was also involved in Wag the Dog – is true, then Brandon is the only man in history to have been played by both Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.  And hardly anyone even knows his name.



DEAD MEN DON’T TALK: Was Best-Selling Author Tom Clancy Assassinated for getting too Close to State Secrets?

Dr. Jim Garrow is the Christian founder and executive director of The Bethune Institute, a charitable organization dedicated to advance education in China via teaching English, giving free books to poor Chinese, and medical scholarships. Through its branch organization, The Pink Pagoda, the institute also rescues baby girls from infanticide  in China, and finds homes for the unwanted girls. Dr. Garrow is credited for saving the lives of over 50,000 Chinese girls for which he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Last Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, on the Now the End Begins Internet radio program, Dr. Jim Garrow (email: drjgarrow@yahoo.com) made a bombshell of an announcement.

Garrow claims that up to a week ago he was a covert CIA agent, but was fired by none other than Obama himself because Garrow told the world (on Alex Jones’ radio, Glenn Beck, and several conservative internet mediums) that Obama’s U.S. military was purging top brass using a “litmus test” of sorts. High-ranking military officials were being asked “Would you fire on an American citizen?”. Garrow claims that if one answered no, you would be fired.

But that’s not the bombshell.

Garrow says that he knows Obama had ordered the hits that killed Tom Clancy and Andrew Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart, 1969-2012In the early morning hours of March 1, 2012, conservative media firebrand Andrew Breitbart collapsed on a street near his home in Brentwood, CA. Breitbart was only 43 years old.

On April 21, 2012, the L.A. Coroners Office released its final autopsy report on Breitbart — that he had died from “heart failure.” That same day, a forensics technician or criminalist at the L.A. Coroners Office, Michael Cormier, died suddenly from suspected arsenic poisoning after complaining about pain and vomiting. (To my knowledge, we still have not been told the official cause of Cormier’s death.)

According to Dr. Jim Garrow, Andrew Breitbart did not die from natural causes, but was killed by the Obama Administration.

ClancyBest-selling author of techno-military thrillers Tom Clancy died last week on Oct. 2 at the age of 66.

The New York Times said Clancy died at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a brief illness. But neither Clancy’s lawyer, J.W. Thompson Webb, nor his longtime publisher, Ivan Held, president of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, said they knew the precise cause of death. Under “cause of death” on Clancy’s autopsy is “cause of death unknown.”

When Clancy wrote The Hunt for Red October, he was met at the door by Pentagon officials and FBI agents demanding to know where he got top-secret documents. Dr. Garrow states that after the incident, the CIA “spoon fed” him classified information and scenarios to write his novels in a manner that was entertaining but contained that elements of truth. Garrow says that is why Clancy was killed because he was getting too close to a secret they don’t want the world to know.

Dr. Garrow states Obama had Tom Clancy killed as well, noting that it takes 5 days for plant toxins and most poisons to break down and leave no traces in the human body. Strangely (or not), doctors did not perform an autopsy on Clancy’s body for 5 days.

Garrow ended his radio interview with one last revelation.

He said the Obama administration is made up of Marxist Muslims who all take their orders from Senior Adviser to the President, Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett. Garrow said it is well known to intelligence agencies all over the world that Obama is a foreign plant who was placed on the path to the presidency by ultra-rich Saudi nationals. This is why all of Obama’s education records are permanently sealed.



Former CIA agent and Obama critic Jim Garrow arrested in Canada

Dr. Jim Garrow is the Christian founder and executive director of The Bethune Institute, a charitable organization dedicated to advance education in China via teaching English, giving free books to poor Chinese, and medical scholarships. Through its branch organization, The Pink Pagoda, the institute also rescues baby girls from infanticide in China, and finds homes for the unwanted girls. Dr. Garrow is credited for saving the lives of over 50,000 Chinese girls for which he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Last year, Garrow told the world (via Alex Jones’ radio, Glenn Beck, and other conservative media) that Obama’s U.S. military was purging top brass using a “litmus test” of sorts. High-ranking military officials were being asked “Would you fire on an American citizen?”. Garrow claimed that if one answered no, you would be fired.

A week after his whistle-blowing, on the Oct. 6 Now the End Begins Internet radio program, Garrow claimed that he had been a covert CIA agent but was fired by none other than Obama himself because of his disclosure.



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  1. Reblogged this on Puppet Master's Slave Market and commented:
    Speaking of the Hollywood CA connections, Journalist Michael Hastings and Actor James Gandolfini from Zero Far Thirty were both assassinated on the same day. One by carvbomb, one from induced heart attack. The connection is Zero Dark Thirty.

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