Is This ‘Top Secret America’ Business Just Viral Marketing for AMC’s Rubicon?


In an explosive, two-years-in-the-making story in today's Washington Post, Dana Priest and William M. Arkin report that in the years since 9/11 we've seen the emergence of a "Top Secret America" comprised of an enormous, unwieldy coalition of anti-terrorism agencies whose secrecy and disorganization make it impossible to know who's doing what, how much work is being repeated, the number of people involved, and how much the whole thing costs. In two weeks, AMC will formally premiere its third original series, Rubicon, about a (possibly evil?) think tank called the American Policy Institute, staffed by geniuses tasked with analyzing a daily avalanche of counterterrorism intelligence (watch the trailer here). We'd hate to unfairly accuse the nice people in AMC's publicity department of underhandedly facilitating the growth of America's intelligence program into an ineffectual $75 billion monster just to promote some new TV show — but doesn't this all just seem a little too perfect? How did they manage such a feat? This must have been even harder than when Sony had that foxy spy arrested to promote Salt.

America May Be Trying Too Hard on Counterterrorism [Daily Intel]