Rubicon' and The Washington Post: Telling the same very scary story

This week, The Washington Post has been publishing a long, enthralling, frightening piece on the vast number of intelligence-gathering systems that have sprung up since 9/11, much of the gathering done by independent businesses. A big part of the newspaper’s story is that what’s really needed is one clearing-house organization that would sift through all the data to discern the proper patterns and clues, and thus help prevent future terrorist attacks with greater speed and accuracy.

Does this sound familiar to anyone who watched Rubicon when AMC premiered its pilot episode last month? It stars James Badge Dale, the soulful soldier from The Pacific, as a brilliant data analyst for an organization called A.P.I., American Policy Institute — precisely the kind of real-life data-analysis group Washington Post writers Dana Priest and William M. Arkin say exists in near-total secrecy around the country.

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