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Wonder Why Hollywood Produces So Much Jingoistic & Violent Trash?!

Hollywood Figures Spied for CIA, Book Asserts

By Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times January 10th, 2014

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WASHINGTON It's well known that Hollywood loves a good spy story. But what is also true, according to a new memoir by a former senior CIA official, is that movie makers regularly do some real-life spying.

"The CIA has long had a special relationship with the entertainment industry, devoting considerable attention to fostering relationships with Hollywood movers and shakersstudio executives, producers, directors, big-name actors," John Rizzo, the former acting CIA general counsel, wrote in his new book, "Company Man: Thirty Years of Crisis and Controversy in the CIA."
People might assume that since Hollywood leans to the political left, the CIA's relationships "would be with the sort of conservative picket of Hollywood," Rizzo said in an interview. "Well, that's not true. People one would normally associated with liberal causes have assisted CIA."
Alas, Rizzo is prohibited from naming names. They are classified. The CIA declined to comment.
He did, however, provide some detail about the types of help the agency has solicited from Hollywood. At times, Rizzo said, film makers will be asked to allow a CIA operative to pose as a member of their crew, particularly if a movie is being filmed in a country where the spy agency has difficulty operating.
The CIA also recruits actors to give more visibility to propaganda projects abroad, such as a documentary secretly produced by the agency, Rizzo said. And the agency sometimes takes advantage of the door-opening cachet that movie stars and other American celebrities enjoy. A star who met a world leader, for example, might be asked for details about that meeting.
The CIA has officials assigned full time to the care and feeding of Hollywood assets, Rizzo wrote. Other former CIA officials added that some of those operatives work in the Los Angeles office of an agency department called the National Resources Division, which recruits people in the U.S. to help America spy abroad.
"It was going on when I got there, and it was going on when I left," in 2009, Rizzo said, adding that the activities continue.
"Hollywood people are glamorous," he said. "They get access and entre to people overseas that the U.S. government doesn't."
In the book, Rizzo quoted an unidentified colleague who worked for years with film makers, offering a theory about their motivation.
"These are people who have made a lot of money basically making stuff up," the colleague said. "A lot of them, at least the smarter and more self-aware ones, realize that what they do makes them ridiculously rich but is also ephemeral and meaningless in the larger scheme of things. So they're receptive to helping the CIA in any way they can, probably in equal parts because they are sincerely patriotic and because it gives them a taste of real life intrigue."
Rizzo described a scene from "years ago" when one of the CIA's Hollywood recruiters came to him with news that a major film star wanted to work for the agency after he found out a rival actor had been doing so. "Now this actor was offering his own name and services to us. Free of charge. Anything he could do. Just out of his patriotic duty."
There was one catch, Rizzo's colleague told him: "He wants us to score for him the best $50,000 stash of cocaine we can find."
Rizzo's response: "No. No way. Forget it." ::cokesniff::
The star helped anyway, Rizzo wrote.
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
Blimey & streuth! I was only thinking the same thoughts yesterday.

These days I find foreign language, English subtitle films a great deal more watchable. Usually the plot is strong, and intelligent. The story doesn't normally end with the white hats winning, or a cupid successfully notching an arrow etc. The acting is a great deal better too, and the screen play more compelling. Overall, the good foreign films are far superior to Hollywood these days. Hoolywood producers are only interested in big bucks and fear financial failure, whereas other nations output tend to tell a genuine story.

I recently watched an Argentinian film and it was truly excellent.

Spanish, French, German, Latin American, Scandinavian and even Chinese made films are often far better than Us ones, especially considering the restraints they face compared to Hoolywood.
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14

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