Ben Affleck … secret agent?

posted at 8:41 am on March 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

This is worth highlighting, if not for the story itself, then for an exposure of the nonsense behind the October-surprise conspiracy theory of the election of 1980.  The same “expert” who floated that theory now says that actor/director Ben Affleck is actually a secret agent in the pay of the CIA … or the Mossad … or the Bush family … or possibly the Coen brothers.  All right, I made that last part up, but I’m not far off:

Writing for Iranian state news agency PressTV on Wednesday, Kevin Barrett presented a dubious case to support that claim. Citing a “leading [expert] on ultra-secretive covert operations,” but offering no hard evidence, Barrett ripped the film and wondered if Affleck should be “brought to justice” for his role in producing it.

“If the makers of Argo are deposed under oath, they may be forced to reveal that their film — like the fictitious film-within-the-film — is a covert operation disguised as a movie,” he wrote.

If Affleck is deposed under oath, he might have to admit that Daredevil was a really bad idea, too.

Barrett’s expert is Barbara Honegger, a former Bush and Reagan staffer with a reputation for promoting conspiracies based on scant evidence. In her bookOctober Surprise, she claims that officials close to Reagan colluded with Iran to prolong the infamous hostage crisis until after the 1980 election, in a deliberate attempt to weaken incumbent Jimmy Carter.

In an interview on Barrett’s radio show, Honegger said the point of Argo was to stoke Americans’ fear of Iran, and, by swaying public opinion, lay the groundwork for a military campaign there.

Yes … because holding 52 Americans who had diplomatic immunity as hostages for 444 days has nothing to do with our “fear of Iran,” and we never would have remembered the criminal nature of the mullahcracy without Affleck’s intervention.  Plus, Affleck slighted the Canadians, Brits, and New Zealanders that Iran loves — oh, wait, scratch that part.  Plus, Argo shows Hollywood people helping the CIA! What more evidence could there possibly be for a CIA conspiracy — right, Barbara?

“In my opinion, Affleck is a propaganda arm of the Central Intelligence Agency, and worse, probably,” she said.

That purported “worse,” she said, could be the “Bush crime family” or perhaps the Israeli Mossad. However, she did not offer anything other than speculation to bolster that speculation.

Meh.  Could be worse.  He could be working for Harvey Weinstein.  I kid, I kid. Honegger also pointed to Affleck’s involvement in the film Pearl Harbor, arguing that he wanted to prepare America to fight a war in the Middle East, a film which has … no connections to the Middle East at all.  But Donald Rumsfeld liked it, which is apparently super-secret code for an American tora tora tora, or something.

I do see a pattern here, though:

  • The Town — a covert CIA operation to undermine confidence in Boston-area banks
  • Daredevil — the Bush family plot to paint the disabled as superhuman, and thus to reduce disability programs
  • Boiler Room — a Wall Street conspiracy to smear small competitors, and stole Alec Baldwin’s “third place is you’re fired” schtick as a favor to Kim Basinger
  • Dazed and Confused imposed a subliminal message to bring back corporal punishment, disco, and bell-bottom jeans
  • Gigli – Er … um … hey, there’s just no explanation for this one.

Now that we’ve confirmed that Honegger is a nut, maybe we can assign the 1980 conspiracy theory to the ashcan — where it always belonged.


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I hear Ben finally found his navel.

viking01 on March 15, 2013 at 8:47 AM

…with Slow Joe Biden’s help, of course.

viking01 on March 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Welcome to the Celebrity States of America.

Surely if Rome or Greece had technology this is what it would have been like near the end.

PappyD61 on March 15, 2013 at 8:49 AM

So Ben is a fake Democrat then,who knew.

docflash on March 15, 2013 at 8:52 AM

ARGO EFF YOURSELF!

ToddPA on March 15, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Someone claiming that a Hollywood film produced by a well know Hollywood liberal is somehow a subliminal CIA operation is hilarious, and insane.

The reality is that a great deal of what Hollywood cranks out is not-so-subliminal not-so-subtle leftist, liberal, and Dem propaganda.

One of the most obvious examples… In how many Hollywood films produced in the last decade did the bad guy running a shadowy right-wing extralegal conspiracy within the US government — note there is never, ever a shadowy left-wing extralegal conspiracy within the US government — feature an actor who was made to look a lot like Dick Cheney?

farsighted on March 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM

In an interview on Barrett’s radio show, Honegger said the point of Argo was to stoke Americans’ fear of Iran, and, by swaying public opinion, lay the groundwork for a military campaign there.

So by that theory, the Japanese should have been very afraid after the release of Pearl Harbor. Fortunately for them virtually nobody saw it.

Happy Nomad on March 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Kevin Barrett is a real nut. He’s always accusing people of everything and filing false complaints with the police and courts.

Blake on March 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Out of curiosity, is making a film that is a covert operation illegal? Is trying “to stoke Americans’ fear of Iran, and, by swaying public opinion, lay the groundwork for a military campaign there” actually a crime? I think it would be great if some pighumping muslim wants to start offing liberal actors because of these claims.

Flange on March 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Writing for Iranian state news agency PressTV on Wednesday, Kevin Barrett

Annnnnnnd I stopped reading his quote right there….

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on March 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

You built this, Hollywood.

Own it.

MNHawk on March 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Art imitating the CIA.

Kool Aid is a heck of a drug.

locomotivebreath1901 on March 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Ben Affleck … secret agent?

“John Fn Kerry …… secret agent!”

is more believable. If you have to make stuff up, be more convincing.

Sir Napsalot on March 15, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Kevin Barrett, making Alex Jones look sane and rational.

rbj on March 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

And don’t forget in Bounce, Ben exchanges plane tickets to steal his ex-girlfriend away from “the enemy”. And Ben must have sabotaged the plane don’t cha know.

Rovin on March 15, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Both of these guys are prominent 9/11 truther nuts. Barrett it’s a raging anti-semite.

JamesB on March 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Writing for Iranian state news agency PressTV on Wednesday…

In other words, Kevin Barrett is a media prostitute who will write anything for a buck. Reminds me of how CNN people stayed in Baghdad that time to get “the opposing view” or something, practically being a propaganda arm for Saddam.

Liam on March 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Liam on March 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Peter Arnett could not be reached for a comment.

Rovin on March 15, 2013 at 9:39 AM

George Clooney… ER doctor?

Wheel a fully ventilated and leaking from every porthole crack dealer in front of him then see how quickly he runs about and gasps “Miss Scarlett! Miss Scarlett!”

viking01 on March 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Affleck’s involvement in the film Pearl Harbor, arguing that he wanted to prepare America to fight a war in the Middle East, a film which has … no connections to the Middle East at all.

No connection to the ME and none to reality either. One line that stood out to me in that movie was when Affleck and Hartnett are flying in their P-40s. Affleck radios Hartnett and tells him “This is real time!” A phrase that would have had no meaning in the 1940s. About the only thing worth watching in that movie is Kate Beckinsale walking across the tarmac in a red dress. Well that and when Cuba Gooding Jr. strafes the hell out of that other U.S. ship when the Japanese plane flew between them.

Oldnuke on March 15, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Surely they must have strong opinions on Showtime’s “Homeland”.

It sounds like she needs to take lithium with a turkey baster.

tru2tx on March 15, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Guns of the Patriots….Liquid….Lah-Leh-Luh-Leh-Loh….Metal Gear….

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Did he ever get out of grade school?

ultracon on March 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Daredevil was a great movie.

mythicknight on March 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Wow, Ben Affleck, first he ponders a run for the Senate and then he changes his mind and settles for a covert agent position at the CIA.

What an awesome life he lives.

NapaConservative on March 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Don’t know if this is true. Don’t really care. To be in denial of the possibility of truth would be to believe that John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart were not fighting the “Japs” and the “Nazi’s” in the 1930′s before we entered WWII.

jpcpt03 on March 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Writing for Iranian state news agency PressTV on Wednesday, Kevin Barrett

Annnnnnnd I stopped reading his quote right there….

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on March 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Oh, darn! You got there first.

Actually, I was thinking I would stop at “PressTV.” But good one!! Heh.

Trochilus on March 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM

…a lot of people use drugs…huh?

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

If Ben is Boris then who is Natasha?

Limerick on March 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I would think “Gigli” was the bomb that the US planned to smuggle through the US Embassy into the Iranian parliament. :-D

ScoopPC11 on March 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I watched the Town just two days ago. It was written and directed by Ben Affleck. He tried to make a bank robbing, women using cop killer into a guy you were supposed to route for in the end. I wanted to punch Ben in the face after watching that movie.

Ben and Matt are really to scary guys wrapped up in pretty packages.

KMav on March 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Gigli – Er … um … hey, there’s just no explanation for this one.

A couple of uses:

1. Need a deserted location for a face-to-face meeting with a contact? A theater just “happens” to be playing Gigli.
2. Need a foolproof way to smuggle information? Burn it to a Gigli DVD.

malclave on March 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM