* HarsherInHindsight: 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. Ironically, in real life it was the US's providing of weapons and training to the Afghanis which enabled the Taliban to carry out 9/11, precipitating the aforementioned USA PATRIOT Act.
*** 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.
* MoralEventHorizon : Reynolds and his men have no hesitation to kill a man who was against the NSA project and an innocent girl just for framing Dean of murder.