This was an interesting story from Charles Burris at LewRockwell.com. He points us to a movie that I had never heard of, called The President’s Analyst. Remember how people were shocked by the NSA collecting millions of phone records of Verizon customers? This is like PR for NSA. The NSA and government in general loves to release these stories in the service of Schadenfreude, where the NSA advertises their eavesdropping as a way to protest against it. The truth is that the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA have been tapping people’s phones for years through the large phone companies like AT&T.
The New York Times reports that “AT&T Helped NSA Spy on an Array of Internet Traffic.” This is not surprising news. In 1967, an incredibly prophetic movie predicted all this. It was called The President’s Analyst. The sinister yet seemingly benevolent villains of the film were TPC – “The Phone Company” – (AT&T) who were intent on seizing control of the government, programing the public to love TPC, while covertly monitoring the communication of everyone on the planet. I saw it along with my best friend and his family. His step-dad was an AT&T executive who was curious about what he had heard about it. The heroic take home message of the movie was “Everyone Should Hate The Phone Company!” Sound advice which has never left me and has only intensified over decades. The film ruffled the lace panties of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who was responsible for the movie’s disappearance from theaters and the director being blacklisted in Hollywood. It was the first time I learned about psychedelics (LSD) and of the fierce rivalry between the CIA and the FBI, brilliantly portrayed by the actor’s characters Ethan Allan Cocket (Allen Welch Dulles) of the Central Enquiries Agency (CEA) and Henry Lux (Hoover) of the Federal Bureau of Regulation (FBR).