It’s all about the information

There’s a war out there, old friend. … It’s about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think…. It’s all about the information, Marty!

No, that’s not me talking to my brother.

It’s from the 1992 flick “Sneakers,” and it is even more pertinent now than it was when I quoted it a few years ago in another context. Marty is Martin Bishop (Robert Redford) and the speaker is the villain Cosmo (Ben Kingsley).

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....
The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. The first use was in September 1966, replacing an older seal which was used briefly. For more information, see here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As real life turns out, the National Security Agency (NSA) really had no need for the mysterious, dangerous “black box” they were after in the movie.They have “the information” anyway.