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What We Learned About Technology From the 1999 Tom Clancy Film NetForce

Set in the year 2005, the FBI has established a special division –“Net-Force” — to investigate crimes committed using the Internet. Agents Alex Michaels (Scott Bakula) and Steve Day (Kris Kristofferson) are put on the case when a Bill Gates type software genius Will Stiles (Judge Reinhold) designs a Web browser that allows him a backdoor to hack into Netforce’s computer system and take control of the entire Internet for his own purposes. Net-Force headed by Kristofferson and Bakula’s characters set out to stop him.

What We Learned About Technology From the 1999 Tom Clancy Film NetForce

In this clear example of predictive programming Tom Clancy (the Hunt For Red October) Adds another Op Center like twist to the security services apparatus from novel to screen in this futuristic thriller from 1999.

In 2013 WIRED attempted to critique NetForce critical of the stories modus operandi without consideration to the films release date & derisive remarks to influence a cynical cultural point of view. If you’ve been following us for any amount of time, you’ve noticed the writers at the De-Program Network have a knack for presenting a different view of many events past & present and attempt to bring them to attention.

From the wired article:

You know that stereotype about older people and computers, how they use Internet Explorer with 26 toolbars and make phone calls to their kids for step-by-step instructions on how to log into Facebook? If you took that exact person and asked them to write a three-and-a-half hour movie about cybercops who battled Internet crime, you would still end up with something that had a slightly better grasp of technology than NetForce.


The articles goes on to state:

“…in the not-too-distant future of 2005, a time when “technology has outstripped our morality.” Michaels is something of a loose cannon, to the point where he even goes so far as to time-jump an e-warrant that he got from a virtual courtroom – and I swear that these are actually things grown-ups were paid to say to each other while standing in front of cameras”


The stage is set & the tone of the article continues with the same disdain we won’t bore you with the details on, but thought it was important enough to highlight this article by CHRIS SIMS from one of the oldest media powers in US publishing history ironically posted on 07/13/13. There is a point in the film where the shopkeeper declares the bill to be paid as $119.19 (9/11 inverted) Even the trailer (above) makes reference to 9/11 where Michaels has narrowed down his search of “9 out of 11 lists to one man… Will Stiles.”

What was going on in 2013?

Distractions played a major roll in social engineering a future generation

2013 was the year of the Boston Marathon Bombing. In that same summer in June, the Guardian & Washington Times broke the first Snowden Leaks about NSA spying. The passage of the Affordable Care Act may have been President Barack Obama’s greatest triumph, and its roll-out his greatest failure. The Oct. 1 launch of the federal website for purchasing private insurance coverage through a government-operated exchange was an unmitigated disaster. A combination of technical glitches, high demand and faulty coding rendered healthcare.gov barely usable for its first month of operation ultimately costing $1.7B. Unable to reach agreement on federal spending levels, a dysfunctional Congress stumbled into the first government shutdown since the mid-1990s, grinding much of the federal bureaucracy to a halt for more than two weeks in October. By November 15 with The House passing the Upton bill, 261-157. Thirty-nine Democrats defected.  

“Turban Cowboy” is the fifteenth episode of the eleventh season of the animated comedy series Family Guy. This episode aired on Fox in the United States on March 17, 2013.  Is this just an another uncanny coincidence or is it predictive programming?

How to live out a Tom Clancy nightmare 

This 1994 incident could have ended in national tragedy. Frank Corder, a former soldier, truck driver, and drug dealer, had just lost his wife to cancer, and he decided to take his own life. Fueled by a dream and copious amounts of alcohol, he stole a small Cessna aircraft (eerily enough, on September 11) and flew it to the White House, into which he intended to crash. (Specifically, he targeted the president’s bedroom, and almost hit it.) He miscalculated, however, coming in a little too low, and was thwarted by Andrew Jackson. That is, the branches of a tree Jackson planted. The plane ended up cratering just outside the residence, killing Corder.

The Clintons were sleeping at Blair House that night, as the White House was undergoing updates to the ventilation system. 

In a seemingly unrelated way the White House in the made for TV film NetForce is yet again made the main target also apparently a center of control over the internet. What are they trying to tell us? Why was the Boston Marathon Bombing important enough to warrant such attention?

It’s interesting to note that Heartbreak Hill, located between miles 20 and 21. Boston Globe reporter Jerry Nason gets credit for coining the term after the 1936 event. During that race, as runner Johnny Kelley passed his rival Tarzan Brown, he gave him a pat on the back—a move that infuriated Brown and fueled him to a first-place finish. Nason wrote that Brown “broke Kelley’s heart” at the hill.

During the war of 1812 we’ve all heard the White House was burned to the ground. When British forces entered Washington D.C. with torches lit, it became pretty clear that things weren’t going to end well. First they tried to burn down the Capitol Building, because everybody hates Congress. The problem was that the building was made of rock and wouldn’t catch on fire. You know what would catch on fire, though? The Library of Congress. (Thomas Jefferson would later provide his personal library to reestablish the library in Washington.) The British then moved on to the White House, where they ginned up a mighty inferno and kept tossing in wood to keep the blaze going overnight. The Treasury? Ashes. By then the Americans got into the act, setting the Washington Navy Yard on fire to keep the British from stealing weapons, powder, and ammunition.

In 1999 the internet was on the verge of taking off – there was no Google or Facebook let alone widespread knowledge of brain to computer interfaces & virtual reality as there is today. Clancy’s unique style of story telling best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science storylines have been accredited for their technical accuracy. For this reason & what motifs are revealed in NetForce is a prime example of what social engineering culture looks like by softening the public to accept these invasive technologies and willingly pay for it.


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