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CIA helped shape 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' series into bigoted Venezuela regime change fantasy

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"They were the most generous, unbelievably giving people," Krasinski said of the CIA officers he met in Langley.

Tom Clancy's military-intelligence connection

Tom Clancy, the late bestselling author of the Jack Ryan series, sold tens of millions of books to a massive fanbase of Cold War-crazed readers during the Reagan era. His pulp novels depicted galavanting US spooks and soldiers playing unheralded roles in undermining the Soviet Union and its proxies on foreign frontiers while keeping the homeland safe.

A lifelong right-wing Republican, he dedicated his book, "Executive Orders," to then-President Ronald Reagan. Clancy was subsequently invited to speak at the NSA, FBI and Pentagon.

During an appearance at the NSA, Clancy boasted of being taken on a US Navy frigate, then of trundling around in an M1A1 Abrams tank during a tour of an Army base.

The author even volunteered his work to be reviewed by the CIA's office of public affairs, requesting secrecy in a missive to the agency on the grounds that that his publisher would be displeased if it found out about the exchange.

One of Clancy's most popular books, "The Hunt for Red October," was edited by the Pentagon when it was adapted to film.

The Clancy film, "Patriot Games," was supported by the CIA, which volunteered its Langley headquarters as a shooting location to enhance the public relations value of the film.

His next jingoistic action flick, "A Clear and Present Danger," was carefully reviewed during an advance screening at Washington DC's Kennedy Center by a CIA officer.

Jack Ryan, Season One: anti-Muslim war on terror propaganda

Jack Ryan: Season One was launched in 2018, five years after Clancy died as a multi-millionaire part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles MLB club.

The show was filmed in Morocco, and was set in the paranoid environment of the so-called war on terror. The Pentagon rejected the show, probably because it depicted the US military guarding CIA black sites and paying off local jihadis in Yemen. But it received support from the US Coast Guard, which offered the producers free usage of its ships and helicopters.

Jack Ryan executive producer Carlton Cuse claimed that the show presented a nuanced perspective on Muslims and Islam. However, as Secker explained, the show's Muslim characters consisted of desperate refugees and irrational evildoers - terrorists, rapist terrorists, child molester terrorists, and child terrorists.

The viewer learns in Jack Ryan: Season Two that Ryan was a former Marine who became the lone survivor when a child suicide bomber killed his entire unit in Afghanistan. The child's motives are left unexplained.

Jack Ryan, Season Two: an ahistorical Venezuela regime change fantasy

The second season of Jack Ryan takes place in Venezuela, the current target of a real-life Trump administration coup attempt and crushing US economic sanctions.

The plot centers around a barely coherent international conspiracy led by Nicolas Reyes, a cartoonishly evil Venezuelan dictator obviously based on Nicolas Maduro, the country's elected leftist president.

But the Jack Ryan producers stand reality on its head by depicting Reyes as a deeply unpopular right-wing kleptocrat with close ties to the oligarchy. Meanwhile, the CIA's white knight, Ryan, enters the country to help Gloria Bonalde, a left-wing feminist depicted as a warrior for "social justice."

As anyone with a basic knowledge of the CIA's history of subversion knows, Reyes is exactly the kind of character the Agency has supported and propped up across the world in form of right-wing dictators like Augusto Pinochet, Ephraim Rios-Montt, and Shah Reza Pahlavi. Today in Venezuela, the CIA and its cut-outs are supporting Juan Guaido, a figure supported by his country's upper classes and right-wing governments in the region.

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The militarism in the US and the West in general has become more than alarming. This bloody fascist empire needs its comeuppance in a big way.

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Empires perpetuate themselves with the momentum of the masses. Were that momentum to be withdrawn or reversed, it would all quickly fall apart.

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It is interesting how snippets of the neocon, neoliberal ruling class "Narrative" obnoxiously spits its incidious dialogue at one...i should not have been watching the knuckle head in the first place.

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A true disappointment for me as I liked Krasinski when he played on The Office, but now see he has lowered himself to nothing more than a tool for the CIA and the Establishment's endless war of regime change on sovereign nations who have some wealth in natural resources and have been using that wealth to better the quality of life for their citizens.

Krasinski has lowered himself as a propaganda "toy" as a chance to further his career.

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I'm currently watching Season 2 of a Columbian series, Distrito Salvaje (Wild District) on Netflix, which also bears the familiar stamp of CIA regime change propaganda in its presentation of the Venezuelan "regime".

The entertainment industry is a far more effective propaganda tool than is the mainstream media "news". Most people's 'knowledge' of history and foreign affairs has been constructed by the Hollywood entertainment-industrial complex, in service to the US imperialist agenda and the US War industry. In some movies and series the propaganda is so thick and overt that I can't stomach the blatant lies and misrepresentations, and have to stop watching even though the plots and the action are attractive. Those propagandists are GOOD at their work!

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"... I can't stomach the blatant lies and misrepresentations, and have to stop watching even though the plots and the action are attractive. Those propagandists are GOOD at their work!"

And always remember what still happens when the irresistible meets the discerningly skeptical ...

GIGO

... which explains almost everything.

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The first season was interesting but I also stopped watching the second season midway through the second episode.


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The first season was interesting but I also stopped watching the second season midway through the second episode.


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When news and entertainment are conflated and indistinguishable, expect a lot of ignorant, misled, but generally amused people. I stopped watching TV in 2000 because of a book by Neil Postman. Check out my essay on this phenomenal book.

Why feed the beast that feeds us nonsense?

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I clicked on your link and got a 404 page not found response. I'm assuming you're referring to "Amusing Ourselves To Death". I read it many years ago. I haven't totally ditched the TV (yet), but I find it difficult to watch 90% of the drek it puts out.

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Unplugged from MSM Junkie around 2008 or 8. Only cyberspace from Belgium 2011 to 2017 to 2 years to day back of hold back from throwing phone through TV. Love keeping up on currant events through old Twilight Zone shows.

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