When everyone knows the line is tapped, should we expect to really overhear real plots?

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.

Third book in the series.

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?

Lisa Benson cartoon. Who is mocking whom? And who is “on the run”?

8 comments on “When everyone knows the line is tapped, should we expect to really overhear real plots?

  1. Vernon Clayson says:

    It’s BS, something for us to dwell on while the Washington gang is on vacation. Obama will hop- scotch around the country for meaningless speeches but that’s routine, senators and representatives will make a few meaningless appearances, also their routine. Closing embassies would seem like an insult to host nations in ordinary times, now it’s Obama and the Congress being cautious and prudent while Muslims finish up their Ramadan. I kind of think the time around September 11th seems the time to be cautious and prudent.

  2. False-flag, anyone?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I don’t understand “false flag”??

  4. Steve says:

    Like sailing a warship under the enemy flag to deceive them, hopefully into allowing your own warship full access wherever you want behind those enemy lines.

    Perhaps our own government is setting something up in the Al Qaida world?

  5. Steve says:

    Now we are seeing which embassy’s are being left open as opposed to the ones being locked down it appears more to be a reaction to the Benghazi failure.
    Maybe an overreaction that could embolden certain peoples in the region.

  6. Rincon says:

    By revealing the program, he also destroyed its effectiveness. Is he a patriot for shining a light on this disturbing issue or a criminial because he grasped the reins of power, killing the program based solely on his own opinion?

  7. Steve says:

    Let us not allow the wheels of protection to run over us in their unbridled haste.

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