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  •  It is found in more places than comics based: (10+ / 0-)

    As bad as the two examples you gave are - at least they are in a movie in which there is a super hero, so by its very nature we are leaving "reality."

    But if you look at the Bourne movies or even more specifically spy novels, political intrigue novels (many of which are made into movies) this kind of "intelligence gathering" has been a normal accepted part of government for quite awhile - predating 9/11.

    The process that I have seen over and over is that a person requesting information calls a NSA person who comes and learns what is needed - and does not say what they have access to or what they don't. Then, a day or two later, an envelope/file is hand delivered by courier or someone else non-governmental. I have seen it used to get bank account records from Switzerland and Cayman Islands and IP addresses. Warrants? Yeah, funny.

    The most disturbing part is that these types of books are not usually written by complete outsiders who can tell a good story - they are usually written by former insiders b/c that is what makes the novel compelling (to me anyway) it takes the reader inside the CIA or NSA and things feel "real" as opposed to cartoon characters. I was shocked that people were shocked upon awareness that everything was accessible - I assumed that for over 10 years.

    And, of course, it is used by "do - gooders" in a way that no one would complain given the circumstances.

    Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick: The "party of Jesus" wouldn't invite him to their convention - fearing his "platform."

    by 4CasandChlo on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 11:20:02 AM PDT

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    •  I tried to watch the first Bourne movie the other (1+ / 0-)
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      night and it struck me as almost like the old pokemon episode that had lights flashing at just the right tempo to set of epileptic seizures in some people. There was so much flashing, every time the scenes changed and so many scene/angle/color/light/darkness changes that I could hardly look at it. Yikes. Made me wonder which came first- ADHD or movies like that with no time to even develop an attention span.

      We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

      by nuclear winter solstice on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 02:53:49 AM PDT

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