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Accidental Symbolism

April 3rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

Remember Enemy of the State? Oversized, sort of silly-but-fun action thriller starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman. (The latter as a paranoid surveillance expert who works out of a Faraday cage in an otherwise vacant warehouse, which is a cute homage, but invites a necessarily unflattering comparison.)  Driving the plot in the background is a tussle over legislation that, in the name of fighting terroism, would give the National Security Agency vast powers to spy on Americans. The NSA heavy who serves as the main antagonist, played by Jon Voight, is willing to resort to just about any means to get his bill rammed through.  We see his personnel file displayed on screen at one point, and they make a point of mentioning the day of his birth: September 11.

This would normally seem like somewhat excessive, heavy handed symbolism. Except that Enemy of the State was released in 1998. Can we get the Truthers looking into this?

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Franklin Harris // Apr 3, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    And Voight is now campaigning for McCain.

  • 2 Gil // Apr 4, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Well, 911 was associated with emergencies before 2001.

    Or, maybe it’s just a date.

  • 3 Jefferson // Apr 5, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Or perhaps OBL was a big Jon Voight fan.

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