by Charles Burris
Aug. 16, 2015

The New York Times reports that “AT&T Helped NSA Spy on an Array of Internet Traffic.” This is not surprising news. In 1967, an incredibly prophetic movie predicted all this. It was called The President’s Analyst. The sinister yet seemingly benevolent villains of the film were TPC – “The Phone Company” – (AT&T) who were intent on seizing control of the government, programing the public to love TPC, while covertly monitoring the communication of everyone on the planet. I saw it along with my best friend and his family. His step-dad was an AT&T executive who was curious about what he had heard about it. The heroic take home message of the movie was “Everyone Should Hate The Phone Company!” Sound advice which has never left me and has only intensified over decades. The film ruffled the lace panties of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who was responsible for the movie’s disappearance from theaters and the director being blacklisted in Hollywood. It was the first time I learned about psychedelics (LSD) and of the fierce rivalry between the CIA and the FBI, brilliantly portrayed by the actor’s characters Ethan Allan Cocket (Allen Welch Dulles) of the Central Enquiries Agency (CEA) and Henry Lux (Hoover) of the Federal Bureau of Regulation (FBR).