In the movie “Sneakers” (1992) we have a cast of technical, former agent and skilled con artists who unravel a mystery of a mathematical code installed in a device which has the capability of decrypting anything. A wonderful tool but in the wrong hands could also be used to gain an advantage. The important part of this isn’t the movie itself but the premise from which I want to explain things further about keeping secrets and the use of power to gain the advantage.
We have seen in recent years a story that is old. It’s a story about powerful well-connected and sometimes wealthy people to do what they want to whom they want. This pattern has often been repeated but the success of those committing terrible evil acts rely on the aid of others to control or limit the damage should their secrets be revealed.
Just as a point of review, recall the period of time Bill Clinton was President and the affair or sexual favors he received from a young Monica Lewinsky. Most of the time, people don’t defend this type of activity but because he was the President and represented a political party, “the team” circled the wagons and defended him. The reason was simple, loss of his staying in office most likely would cause a loss at the ballot box for the next election cycle. This happened to a great degree when Richard Nixon resigned in the midst of scandal. This time, the political party in power didn’t want a repeat of history for the next set of elections.
Another scandal arose when it was revealed many young boys were molested by their clergy and eventually, the story got out. For quite a number of years, religious powers that be were able to suppress the truth and often with knowledge of the incidents, simply moved the leader to a new city or position of authority. Again, we saw the faithful align themselves with the group and defended against or obscured the facts.
We have seen this repeated so often, you would think people would be wise to the tactics and subterfuge, but most of the time, we just go along. There have been several significant events which under normal circumstances would create an atmosphere of severe distrust or possible impeachment. We have seen the U.S. government under present administration run guns across the border into Mexico as apart of a supposed “sting” effort but in reality it was a poorly planned technique designed to change public opinion so a weapons ban of at least a certain type of firearm could be enacted. The result was 400+ people were knowingly killed with those weapons turned over to a drug cartel.
After that we have had several other under handed activities revealed including the over use of authority to target specific groups opposing the present regime. I’m referring to the use of the IRS as a form of punishment of political enemies. Of course, like all of the other ways we see it when the powerful seek to manipulate, the deniers come out of the background making counter claims and false accusations.
Then we had the Libyan U.S. Embassy under attack with absolutely no retaliatory or defensive response initiated. Those in charge were given an opportunity for public denial while at the same time an innocent was accused of starting it through a film made a year before. When that story didn’t float, new ones were concocted but ultimately no serious investigation other than a cover up followed.
Probably the most telling story of all has been the ongoing Edward Snowden revelations. Here an unknown technical person takes the world stage by revealing how under-handed the mission of the U.S. Intelligence community has become in collecting data all around the world including its own citizens. The best attempts so far to sweep it under the rug have failed but there’s plenty of smear campaigning against Snowden, a low-level whistle-blower by the powers that be.
This story summarizes the danger and moral depravity in the lives of some of the powerful and celebrity. Like the movie I referred to earlier, “no more secrets” should be the theme of any story relating to the underpinnings of this tale of sexual molestation by a parent. Every bit and perhaps more devastation than the conduct of perverted priests. This is an old story, but despite the many career awards given to this man, it shows just how devastating the sexual misconduct and secret life of a predator can be on their children. Rather than re-tell, I’m providing a link and I hope you will take time to read it; An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow . There’s few things as deplorable in this world and I don’t believe Woody Allen should have supporters in this matter.