This weekend’s headlines show that once again, Hollywood stays a step ahead in setting trends. Serious publications around the world have been reporting the news that super spies managed to tap the private cell phone of German Chancelor Angelea Merkel and communications of dozens of other world leaders. While President Obama stated that he was not aware of US government spying of Dr. Merkel, Fox News is reporting that he knew quite a lot. This screenplay ready drama is like many attractions featured at local museums and could drive attendance to blockbuster levels.
“SPY: The Secret World of Espionage” opens at the Reagan Library and Museum this Wednesday, October 30. The special exhibition will feature documents from the CIA, KGB, FBI, National Reconnaissance Office and secret spy archives. Science museum devotees will want to see the innovative gadgetry, some of which has never been seen in public before. Interactive exhibits let visitors experience secret writing, disguise, voice changing, and a laser maze. The opening a day before Halloween is also good for late-minute costume ideas.
There will also be a special lunch program on October 30. It begins with a lunch program by a Presidential chef carefully screened with the most advanced poison and truth serum detection technology. A docent tour will take visitors behind the scenes in the world of espionage. Then practical hands-on training will help visitors take their own spying skills to the next level, or at least prepare them to stand out at a Halloween Party. The special lunch program costs $59.95 and repeats November 20, December 18 and January 29.
Spy exhibit visitors will also want to see the Nixon Museum and Library in Yorba Linda. This year, the Nixon Library released 3,700 hours of audiotapes of phone calls and private meetings captured by former President Richard Nixon's secret recording system from 1971 to 1973. The tapes confirm Nixon knew about the Watergate burglary and subsequent concealment schemes.
Want to go behind the scenes of concealment schemes? Visit the newly remodeled “Industry of Death Museum” in Hollywood. This behind the scenes look at coercion documents how the mercenaries of the psychiatric industry earn almost $350 billion a year while an estimated 100,000 people die in psychiatric institutions around the world. The tricks and ploys the most villainous spies employ to abuse this to obtain secret information and get rich with insider trading and money laundering come to life in this explicit exhibit.
If the news about professional spies tapping the personal cell phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany makes you think it is a great plot for your next screenplay, you might be too late. Talented Japanese director Atsushi Ogata already released a popular film about how easy this kind of cellular voyeurism has become. Called “Cast Me If You Can,” this comedy screened in a special series at the USC School of Cinematic Arts last year. In this fictional tale, an adhesive listening device is suavely applied to the cell phone of a Senator’s wife while she is hula dancing. If you would like to buy one for your Halloween theme, you can do it online at www.ez-csi.com .