Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Challenge to Readers IV

Help find the answer to the following question.

I don't know about the readers, but I've had a lot of fun posting a challenge now and then. Today's challenge is about one of my favorite movies; "Three Days of the Condor". The lead actors are Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway and Cliff Robertson. Robert Redford (Turner) plays the part of a CIA employee who is employed to read novels and books from around the world and to simply file reports on the various plots that he encounters. Faye Dunaway is the innocent bystander and Cliff Robertson (Higgins) plays a CIA leadership role.

I've chosen this movie and challenge because I believe it has relevance to our current foreign policy situation (I'll explain in more detail at the end of the challenge). Sometimes, art does mirror reality.

The movie takes place in 1975 and is centered in New York City. To refresh your memory; Turner leaves the office to get lunch for everyone at a local eatery. Upon returning, he finds everyone in his station has been assassinated.

The question is this; What did the Redford character, Turner (code name: Condor) uncover that lead to the elimination by assassination of his entire station in New York City?

Have fun with this. More importantly, go watch the movie again as it has remarkable parallels to the realities of today.

The challenge has ended.

Congratulations! That challenge was solved rather quickly. In the final scene; Condor asks Higgins, "Do we have plans to invade the Middle East?" Higgins replies; "today it's oil, tomorrow it's food." Condor goes to the New York Times with the entire story. Higgins goes on to say; "you have done more damage than you know." Condor responds; "I hope so." The backdrop for a few scenes in the movie is the twin towers. Life does imitate art; I can see Dick Cheney now shuttling back and forth between the White House and CIA Headquarters to gin up an excuse to invade Iraq. Cheney was busy dodging the draft when the movie first came out, but I suppose he saw it and said to himself; "I think I'm going to grow up and do that some day." He did; and a lot of Americans and Iraqis are dead because of his evil.



  1. A presidential assassination?

  2. A plot to assissinate a foreign leader?

  3. No: Both of the above statements are incorrect.

  4. He uncovered a plot to go to war in the Middle East so the United States could control oil reserves.

  5. Congrats: Good Job. Did you just see the movie?