Filmmakers behind the Oscar-nominated film, Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatized the hunt for Osama bin Laden that ended in his execution, were known to have communicated with the CIA multiple times during production. Now, according to a declassified memo obtained by Gawker, it appears the CIA successfully convinced screenwriter Mark Boal to censor and rewrite certain scenes in the film that the CIA did not think presented the agency appropriately .
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 7, 2013 9:25 am|
|By: DSWright Tuesday May 7, 2013 6:40 am|
A Freedom of Information Act request by Gawker reveals that the CIA pushed through changes to the script of the film Zero Dark Thirty. The movie had already been condemned for being grossly inaccurate and dishonest and now it seems we might have more information on why.
|By: Alvin McEwen Monday April 29, 2013 7:35 am|
The above story has been playing huge in religious right and conservative circles lately. The story, which not only includes the tale of a forced lesbian kiss but also boys being told to carry condoms in their pockets, has been the talk of several conservative sites from Free Republic to The American Thinker to World Net Daily. The National Organization for Marriage referred to this story in three separate emails last week as an example of what will happen should marriage equality become legal across the country.
Not surprisingly, the story isn’t necessarily true.
|By: acmerecords Thursday April 18, 2013 3:10 pm|
President Obama’s hand-picked ‘drug czar’, former police chief of Seattle Gil Kerlikowske, denounced legalization of cannabis for personal consumption by American adults at a National Press Club event.
“The Justice Department’s responsibility to enforce the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged,” Kerlikowske reminded reporters in prepared remarks.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday March 12, 2013 8:00 pm|
This video created by North Korean propagandists is pretty extreme.
The short film is an exercise in propaganda designed to show the worst of America, by highlighting one northeastern city’s homeless during the winter and claiming this is representative of the entire country. The images are truly heart-wrenching. It is a great shameful thing, a hideous reality that our country has so many homeless–it shouldn’t be happening.
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday December 5, 2012 5:30 pm|
Last year, a hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) chemical fluid disclosure “model bill” was passed by both the Council of State Governments (CSG) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It proceeded to pass in multiple states across the country soon thereafter, but as Bloomberg recently reported, the bill has been an abject failure with regards to “disclosure.”
That was by design, thanks to the bill’s chief author, ExxonMobil.
|By: Steve Horn Monday November 19, 2012 7:15 pm|
Today, SUNY Buffalo closed the doors of its Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI), what we at DeSmog have described as an epicenter for “frackademia” and a public relations front for the oil and gas industry to promote hydraulic fracturing (“fracking“) under the guise of scientific legitimacy that a university offers.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 26, 2012 12:30 pm|
Measures aimed at preventing leaks among United States government employees in the US intelligence community have been announced by the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. The measures are being instituted as a result of recent news stories on cyberwarfare against Iran and a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) underwear bomb plot sting operation in Yemen that included unauthorized disclosures on those operations.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday June 4, 2012 5:00 pm|
Australian journalist Taki Oldham, our guest tonight, takes an undercover trip to Tea Parties across the country and into the heart of the Tea Party movement to uncover the astroturfing of America. With Billionaires’ Tea Party, Oldham shows how political messaging is the designed and shaped by corporate-funded think tanks and propagandists.
|By: TheCallUp Thursday May 10, 2012 11:01 am|