Documentary: How the Pentagon Censors the Movies


This is an interesting short clip on the relationship between Hollywood and the Department of Defense.

The TLDR: The Pentagon offers movie producers free access to military bases and equipment in exchange for allowing the military to influence the film, in which a specialized department at the Pentagon is dedicated to, in order to aid in recruitment efforts and government propaganda. Films that show the military in a negative light, such as Apocalypse Now, are denied these benefits. This allows the government to influence the public as well as increase the profit margin for the producers.

Top Gun, while one of my favorite movies, was actually a military operation. They put up recruiting booths in the cinema lobby after it was released.

We all know where this conversation is going to (((go)))...


This is not much different than the Pentagon hiring advertising agencies for recruiting, sponsoring NASCAR, or doing fly-overs of NFL games.

I didn't buy the First Amendment viewpoint discrimination argument. The government has points of view which are politically endorsed and controlled by Congress and the Executive. One point of view is promoting military service and recruitment. It should have some different means to express its point of view. Cooperation is disclosed, and it's easy to see which movies are propagandistic. Just because the government funds Smokey the Bear doesn't mean it has to fund an artist in favor of torching all the forests. That's not censorship.

Congress could control it by denying funding to this Film Office and supporting activities.

By the way, the Apocalypse Now production paid millions to Marcos for the use of the Philippine Air Force.

I'm more concerned about Chinese censorship of Hollywood. They changed the plot and reshot a lot of the second Red Dawn movie to make the invaders North Korean and not Chinese. Which is ridiculous. So I guess the Chinese already won the war.



Inside the Military's Secret Undercover Army​

The largest undercover force the world has ever known is the one created by the Pentagon over the past decade. Some 60,000 people now belong to this secret army, many working under masked identities and in low profile, all part of a broad program called "signature reduction." The force, more than ten times the size of the clandestine elements of the CIA, carries out domestic and foreign assignments, both in military uniforms and under civilian cover, in real life and online, sometimes hiding in private businesses and consultancies, some of them household name companies.

The unprecedented shift has placed an ever greater number of soldiers, civilians, and contractors working under false identities, partly as a natural result in the growth of secret special forces but also as an intentional response to the challenges of traveling and operating in an increasingly transparent world. The explosion of Pentagon cyber warfare, moreover, has led to thousands of spies who carry out their day-to-day work in various made-up personas, the very type of nefarious operations the United States decries when Russian and Chinese spies do the same.

Newsweek's exclusive report on this secret world is the result of a two-year investigation involving the examination of over 600 resumes and 1,000 job postings, dozens of ...

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I would imagine this currently extends to video games. It was not long after Call of Duty had some initial success that it turned into aggressive NeoCon propaganda.