Is life imitating art?
I couldn’t help but wonder, when I read today’s banner news story from The AP about how an intercepted secret message between al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri and his cohort in Yemen, Nasser al-Wahishi, about plans for a major terrorist attack, which prompted the U.S. to close dozens of U.S. embassies.
In the juvenile fiction series that began with the “Hunger Games,” which was made into a movie, author Susan Collins created a creature she called a jabberjay. During the rebellion by the districts against the capital, the birds were capable of remembering long conversations and repeating them to their handlers in the capital.
But pretty soon the rebels figured out what the eavesdropping jabberjays were doing and used them to convey false plots to the capital, which would send them off in the wrong direction. The then useless jabberjays were left to fend for themselves and die off, but they cross-bred with mockingbirds and created the symbol of the new rebellion, the mockingjay.
Everybody knows we are listening, which makes this eavesdropping about as useful as a jabberjay? Perhaps?