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

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Actor John Krasinski is one of the CIA's biggest fans.

"The CIA is something that we should all not only cherish, but be saying thank you every single day," he declared.

"The coolest thing ever for me, I mean I totally nerded out when we got to the CIA," Krasinski effused. "They were the most unbelievably generous, kind, smart people."

Krasinski's comments flowed directly from his experience as the star of the second season of the Amazon series "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan."

In a new video analysis of the show (embedded at the end of this article), researcher Tom Secker exposed the show as straightforward US imperial propaganda which was produced in direct collaboration with the CIA and Pentagon.

The editor of the website Spy Culture, Secker has elucidated the role of Hollywood in disseminating propaganda aimed at instilling a militaristic mindset in the public.

Through FOIA documents, Secker has methodically demonstrated the role of the Pentagon, CIA, and FBI in shaping scripts and setting the agenda of some of the most popular American films and TV shows.

In analyzing Amazon's Jack Ryan series, Secker revealed that the CIA's direct role in crafting the show's content was concealed from viewers.

Even though the show was one of the first to film at the CIA's Langley base in years, the following disclaimer appeared at the end of each episode:


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"This is government propaganda conducted in secret without the audience knowing," Secker stated. "Their aim is to manipulate how you see the world."

CIA consultants "making sure we're not doing anything too far beyond the pale"

Inspired by the Cold War kitsch of pulp action author Tom Clancy, Amazon's Jack Ryan series was the product of extensive and direct collaboration between the show's producers and the Central Intelligence Agency.

In off-the-cuff comments during a recent USO tour of military bases, Krasinksi revealed that he was eager to "do a show that would interface more with the military and intel community." The actor said he requested direct engagement with the CIA, "so we did a lot of conversations about really making Jack Ryan fun as well as to make him relevant."

Krasinksi revealed that Jack Ryan relied on "so many different consultants and people who are always checking in with us" It's really just about asking questions and making sure we're not doing anything too far beyond the pale."

His co-star, Wendell Pierce, mentioned in a separate interview that he based his character on someone he met during one of the many trips the cast took to the CIA's headquarters. In fact, many scenes in the show were filmed on the agency's Langley, Virginia campus.

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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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