Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken
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Enemy of the State
Enemy of the State was released as a spy-thriller in 1998 when Edward Snowden was 15, but today it seems to be more of a documentary about the NSA than a warning about the US national surveillance state.
Will Smith plays a DC lawyer, Robert Clayton Dean, who is inadvertently pulled into an NSA murder coverup. The lead NSA official, Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight), killed a congressman who was opposing legislation which would have expanded the NSA’s surveillance powers.
The murder was accidentally caught on tape and Reynolds is using all the resources of the NSA to find the tape, which Dean unwittingly has.
Dean’s only hope is one of his investigative sources, Brill (Gene Hackman), a former NSA analyst who now lives off the grid.
Not to give too much away, but in the end, Dean gets the upper hand and outwits the NSA spymasters with a bit of his own subterfuge.
There is some great dialogue about the ridiculous excuses our overlords use to expand their powers to spy on us, and the film perfectly portrays the NSA employees’ paranoia and absolute hatred about they themselves being monitored.
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