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Snowden the movie - absolutely not what I expected

When you have been following a certain story closely, you may tend to believe you know all there is to know on a certain topic. That's arrogant. Yet, human. So, when I left the movie theater earlier this evening, I was shocked to discover that... I'd actually learned several new details on Edward Snowden! Edward Snowden and Joseph Gordon-Levitt - now one and the same! Based on the real life of the NSA whistleblower, the movie provides details into Snowden's professional and private life that have never been accessible before. Why? Because Snowden has always and only been all about the issues: the US government is spying on us in a way that it is just not Constitutional. And that's putting it mildly. Well, look what we found out there - Snowden and then NSA Director, Michael Hayden - not the best of mates The movie is also not strictly a fictional piece 'based on a true story'. In fact, it weaves a dramatized version of the truth with the harsh real

Terrorist attacks - what is our Intelligence actually doing?

This is a reminder more than a new story. A reminder of how history keeps repeating itself. It is, in my humble opinion, a brilliant piece on this former FBI agent's efforts to get through to her superiors and their failure to wake up those in charge. At this point, I am not sure exactly who was responsible for not acting upon her suggestions, but it sounds like more than one person might have been to blame there.  I'd love to know how they feel when the shit hits the fan. Fast-forward to the recent bombing in Brussels. It is easy to point the finger at the Middle East, the refugees etc etc. But the Intelligence & Co who are in charge of preventing and protecting the ir own citizens and countries, perhaps, just aren't doing their job to the best of their abilities. It is a possibility, correct? Yet, one that nobody ever points out. One of the three suicide bombers had been deported to Holland (and then Belgium) from Turkey (of all countries, right?). Turkey e