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#1 Posted on 12.8.04 0739.22
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This is interesting:

Wag the Dog - 2004

The Associated Press reported last week that the CIA is calling in professional Hollywood screenwriters to help them predict how terrorists might attack the U.S. in the future.

Addressing what the September 11 commission said was one of the main failures of government -- imagination -- a senior CIA official said on [last] Wednesday the spy agency was willing to "push beyond the traditional boundaries of intelligence".

Jami Miscik, CIA's deputy director for intelligence, told a House Intelligence Committee that "…it was an attempt to see beyond the intelligence report, and into a world of plot development."

The CIA also ran a round-table discussion with 10 science-fiction authors so intelligence analysts could see how the writers spun possible scenarios.

I don’t know about you, but I have a problem with this. Right after 9/11, the CIA did the exact same thing. They brought in writers from Hollywood to help them create possible terrorist scenarios.

I started thinking about these types of scenarios as well. It didn’t take long before Homeland Security starts issuing vauge warnings about possible attacks with very little information. The anticipation of death is worse than death itself. I thought it was a sound tactic for a group wanting to instill terror in its enemy. It’s something I thought would create the greatest amount of fear with the greatest amount of secrecy. Disinformation about many attacks while you plan something completely different. This leads to people being more afraid, and easier to control.

Using Hollywood writers to help in war is not unique…even in Hollywood. You’ll see similar scenes in Robert Altman’s “Wag the Dog” starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert DeNiro. Dennis Leary played “The Fad King”, a person whose job was to come up with catchy slogans and product tie-ins for the fake war with Serbia. Wille Nelson was brought in to help produce war anthems, and other writers were brought in to help create scenarios that would convince people of the need for war.

Now, the CIA is probing Hollywood writers for possible terrorist attacks within the U.S. If you start hearing terrorist warnings that sound like a Governator movie, then you can probably guess where it’s coming from. Just get ready for the shoes. “Fad King” always loved the shoes.

After reading this I wonder, was the Stealth Bomber designed after the Batman movie?
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#2 Posted on 12.8.04 0755.21
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    Originally posted by TopTenPro
    ...I wonder, was the Stealth Bomber designed after the Batman movie?

Nope. The first B-2 rolled out of Boeing's assembly facility in Palmdale, CA in November 1988. (Boeing's B-2 site) It's safe to assume the B-2 was in design for years before that, (Boeing history site) based off the old "flying wing" design of the B-35 developed by Northrop in the 1940s.

Batman came out in 1989. I'm sure Boeing had their specs and designs in line, which they kept top secret for years, long before Tim Burton and the WB crew came up with the Batplane's design for the Michael Keaton flick.

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#3 Posted on 12.8.04 0815.38
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Incidentally, this "Hollywood" story is an old that goes back maybe a year or so.
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#4 Posted on 13.8.04 2321.17
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Disconcerting that the CIA feels they have no one in house with an imagination. I'd think critical and creative thinking would be pretty high on my list of requirements for CIA employees.
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#5 Posted on 14.8.04 0259.12
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The CIA, I imagine is a lot like other corporate America organizations, they do not promote free thinking.

I am a manager of a corporate restaurant, and we have a hiring guide and test to give all level of employee candidates. I failed the test twice, but I have been very successful in my career with the company.

The test always says I am a free thinker, like to go out on my own and create, I like to think outside the box; I went to school for film production. I am a very imaginative thinker, not always looked as a good hire.

The CIA wants book smart people, when an imaginative street smart person is a good candidate also. I doubt that the people who think of where and when to strike with terrorism made it to every lecture on the greenhouse affect.

I am not knocking the book smart people, without them the bombs could not get made, the book and the street need each other.
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