Five movies that predicted U.S. surveillance

January 17

Turns out Hollywood actually got it right when depicting some of the U.S. government’s real-life surveillance and tracking programs. From “1984″ to “Enemy of the State,” here’s a look at five movies that show tracking methods used by U.S. intelligence agencies.

1. “Enemy of the State” (1998) portrays the NSA as an omnipresent force that tracks private citizens’ personal correspondences on a daily basis.

2. “The Conversation” (1974) shows a contractor using unmarked public surveillance vehicles to spy on people of interest for an unnamed government agency.

3. “1984″ (1984), which is based on the famous George Orwell novel of the same name, depicts the government using two-way cameras to monitor the everyday actions of private citizens.

4. “Minority Report” (2002), which is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, imagines a pre-crime police force that uses data collection to stop crimes before they happen.

5. “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007), which is based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same, depicts the NSA using a cellphone tracking program to pinpoint the geographical location of people in communication with wanted criminals.

What other movies do you think should have made the list?

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