* HarsherInHindsight / ValuesResonance: This movie predates the USA PATRIOT Act by almost four years.
** Brill makes a passing reference to a previous operation supplying weapons to the Afghani rebels fighting against the Soviets.
*** The harshest part is that the USA PATRIOT Act ''made everything the NSA did in the movie legal'' (with cause). Except the murders, of course. Convenient, eh?
** Since the 2013 revelations about the NSA's PRISM operation, the film seems ''even more'' darkly prescient.
** The main antagonist, the man who is pushing for an overweaning security state was born on 9/11.
* MoralEventHorizon : Reynolds and his men have no hesitation to kill a man who was against the NSA project and an innocent girl just to frame Dean for murder.