Swordfish - A Carnivore at WACO
The action packed cinema portrayal in 'Swordfish' has a lesson for all of us. Uri Dowbenko writes a masterful account of
the movie and background. A read of his description, is a must:
"OPERATION SWORDFISH" - How To Steal A Government Slush Fund
More than just entertainment, the plot alludes to the consequences of government operations gone awry. The conclusions that
jump off the screen displays government agencies above any law and a force unto themselves. This is not new, nor should surprise!
But how much of this depiction is pure fiction and what parts are grounded in real circumstance? Most accounts of agency abuse
are intangible and abstract in our own personal experience. When a story is spun to create a version of fact through the kaleidoscope
of your imagination, you impart a message that few essays can achieve.
The reference to the FBI Carnivore spook program
is no accident. The invasion of privacy and destruction of civil liberty protections is rooted in the culture of these bureaus.
It has become institutionalized that normal rules do not restrict, limit or place constraints on the missions of these agencies.
This extreme version of situational ethics is unwritten policy in law enforcement. The mindset that accepts any means to attain
the objective, causes any abuse to be; but a part of the cost of success.
When you strip the special effects off
the tale, you have a simple morality play that is told in the genera of the computer age. In an earlier era you could have
Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia be the central characters. What has changed in human nature? Maybe it has actually gotten worse?
It would seem that Machiavelli would be the student intern today in the FBI training program.
If America has descended
into a society that accepts rogue government operatives to become the establishment, why should we be amazed when the rest
of the world views the elements that have control of state, as corrupt and depraved? But the pertinent underlying question
is whether that is a fair reflection of the methods and objectives of that system? Too many citizens wish to avoid that query.
They refuse to face even the possibility that it is conceivable that operations such as Carnivore could really be used against
public interests. If law enforcement deems a threat to America, then we need to be protected! The problem is that the America
that these deranged gendarmes owe their allegiance to, is one in which they are the wishful ruling masters.
any wonder when a detail like WACO is bungled, and maximum force is applied to correct the blunder; that the culture of any
means, whatever coercion, is acceptable? At the core of the brutal response is the behavior that we must protect our own.
To these 'Robo Cops', our own becomes the righteous, and our mission translates into defending our agency against all other
considerations. The art of the cover-up, then becomes the science of the institution. The purpose of the ministers of administration
adopts a concealment from accountability. Ranks close and the interest of the team, supersedes any moral tones of responsibility.
How much different is this manner of conduct than that of the Swordfish crew?
At least, in their case, a demented
rationalization for street justice against terrorism was presented. As deranged as that seems, the WACO tragedy consumed scores
of 'collateral damage'. Just who is the sicker of the two? The training, socialization and the culture that assembled the
cast of government thugs that employed undiminished savagery, are pupils of Gabriel. AFT, FBI, DEA, CIA, NSA, DoJ are all
alphabet soup from the same toxin cuisine. Corruption for financial self interest is understood by most. But depravity for
perpetuation of power is much worse. When you are told that the investigations were competent, complete and that justice prevailed,
you might be suspect of their motives.
Varied factions battle for power at any given time. But even when they feud,
and are at odds with each other, they all cover their asses when the entire apparatus of deceit is at risk. The duplicity
that operates as protection for the interests of the public is a treacherous fraud. Evil means, cannot justify ends of any
nature. The idea that America is being preserved when nefarious methods are adopted as routine policy, borders on the absurd.
Fiction can express genuine villainous behavior in a way that true life seldom sees. The obstacle in accepting that
the facts of real life are just as bad as the story, is because people seek to immunize themselves from facing up to that
reality. In WACO, we have an example where the operation was worse than the screenplay . Swordfish has greed as a source for
delusion. WACO had mislaid loyalty for murder, perjury and betrayal. But both have an archangel as protagonists. Gabriel seeks
to destroy the terrorism that threatens our way of life, while the Lucifer of WACO attempts to obliterate that very way of
life. In both cases the American public gets exactly what it deserves, as long as they base their view of their own 'Way of
Life', as willing to accept corruption and deceit as its most practiced value. Face up to reality, it far exceeds the fantasy!
SARTRE - June 13, 2001