How Hollywood softened us up for NSA surveillance

John Patterson

Perhaps it is because “precrime”, a sci-fi concept of some vintage, is now real. Hollywood has been softening us up for this for years now, accustoming us to the notion that our spending habits, our location, our every movement and conversation, are visible to others whose motives we cannot know. The NSA (unofficial motto: “Nobody Say Anything”) and Hollywood (unofficial motto: “Nobody Knows Anything”) have been feeling each other up at arm’s length for decades, but after 9/11 era the romance became official, and surveillance -based entertainment, from 24 to Alias, from Spooks to Big Brother to Person of Interest, went global. In movies where the NSA appears as itself (or a production designer’s imagining thereof), there is always one rogue NSA agent abusing the vast informational and surveillance capabilities available to him. In  Enemy of the State , it is the dependably barmy Jon Voight who goes off the reservation, and in Echelon Conspiracy, it is Martin Sheen.
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The Hollywood Reporter Announces Nine Hires, Five Promotions

The video falls back on a 2009 speech in which Obama spoke of his commitment to seek a world without nuclear weapons, as reported by Yahoo News. “Some argue that the spread of these weapons cannot be stopped, cannot be checked,” actor Robert De Niro says in the video. “Such fatalism is a deadly adversary,” Matt Damon responds. Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman and a host of other far-left actors appear in the video, which was produced by Global Zero, a Washington, D.C.-based grassroots organization whose mission is “to eliminate all nuclear weapons by 2030.” “Global Zero will always have a partner in me and my administration,” Obama once declared. After all, if Obama would only take the lead and eliminate our nuclear arsenal, the rest of the world will immediately follow suit out of sheer inspiration.
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Hollywood moonbats urge Obama to push for no nukes at G8 summit

May also marked a flagship month for the publication’s website,, which received the highest traffic in its history. our editor recommends The Hollywood Reporter Nominated for 27 SoCal Journalism Awards Jeanie Pyun has joined the staff as features director. The former editor of Organic Style magazine and co-editor of InStyle Home, Pyun’s most recent endeavor included THR’s Hollywood’s Biggest Daddies package which included Sidney Poitier, Hawk Koch and Ron Meyer. Lacey Rose and Marisa Guthrie have been promoted to television editors. Rose has been with THR since February 2011 as senior TV writer and prior to that worked at Forbes and has become one of the top TV writers in the business, producing more than 20 cover stories. Guthrie will report from the East Coast and has been a senior TV writer since November 2010.
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