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The Covert Sphere – Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State - Cornell Scholarship Online
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The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State

Timothy Melley


In 2010 the U.S. Embassy in Kabul acknowledged that it was providing major funding for thirteen episodes of Eagle Four—a new Afghani television melodrama based loosely on the blockbuster U.S. series 24. Eagle Four was part of a strategy aimed at transforming public suspicion of security forces into respect. Why would a wartime government spend resources on a melodrama of covert operations? The answer is not simply that fiction has real political effects but that, since the Cold War, fiction has become integral to the growth of national security as a concept and a transformation of democracy. T ... More

Keywords: national security, democracy, national security state, state secrecy, suspicion, postmodernism, Korean War, War on Terror, U.S. foreign policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451232
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451232.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Melley, author
Miami University in Oxford, Ohio

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