"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

"Enemy of the State (the movie)" and Network scheduling

OK, time for my slightly (my opinion, as maybe it's more than slight) paranoid thought. Saturday night I watched "Enemy of the State" starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman; really enjoyable flick.

My mind wandered occasionally to the network scheduling of movies and how and why they sometimes make the decisions they do. Was this movie broadcast as condemnation of the recent revelations regarding "domestic wiretaps" of American citizens within the U.S. to questionable individuals overseas and vice versa or was it just a movie laying around? How long ago did ABC schedule this movie and is the answer to that the norm?

I hope it didn't go to too many heads as the NSA as portrayed was a mixture of different agencies. It was also very convenient that a satellite was always at the appropriate point above to view down to earth when necessary. As far as focusing down though, my guess is the movie didn't even come close to the amount of detail possible.

Now, if the capabilities as portrayed in the movie were accurate to a tee and setting aside the evil and selfish intent of the dirty politician (portrayed by Jon Voigt), can you imagine how Al Qaida and their ilk could be dealt with in an instance and with ease.


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