SPIELBERG SIDES WITH BUSH ON FBI PRECRIME; DREAMWORKS EXEC CALLS ASHCROFT 'SCARY'
The DREAMWORKSFOX production MINORITY REPORT depicts a future where you can be charged for future crimes you haven't yet committed.
"The guilty are arrested before the law is broken," warns a heavy-rotation TV advert for the film, subtly placed during national and local news programs this week reporting the United States has detained, indefinitely, but has not criminally charged Jose Padilla for allegedly preparing a plan to commit terror.
"I am willing to give up some of my personal freedoms in order to stop 9/11 from ever happening again," masterdirector Steven Spielberg declares in an interview set for Sunday's NEW YORK TIMES. "But the question is, Where do you draw the line?"
"Right now, people are willing to give away a lot of their freedoms in order to feel safe. They're willing to give the FBI and the CIA far-reaching powers to, as George W. Bush often says, root out those individuals who are a danger to our way of living. I am on the president's side in this instance," Spielberg will say. [DRUDGE's Dept of Prepublication] "But How much freedom are you willing to give up? That is what my movie is about."
While Spielberg is preparing to publicly support the administration in coordination for the release of MINORITY REPORT, fellow DREAMWORKS executives reportedly pulled out their eyes in horror as the Bush administration moved the nation's law enforcement priority from enforcement of terror crimes to "prevention," the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
"Is this really happening? This is our movie!!!" a top -- politically active -- DREAMWORKS executive yelled while watching a John Ashcroft press conference last week on C-SPAN, according to sources. "Mr. Ashcroft is scary as s*%t!"
"We set the clock [in the movie] in the 2050s, but it looks like we are already there," claimed the top DREAMWORKS executive. "Please let him say he is creating a Department of Precrime!"
As a new GALLUP poll shows 4 out of 5 Americans willing to give up some freedom for more security Spielberg and associates have launched the movie website tie-in precrime.org -- which includes a dramatic public service announcement mocking a "future" government's attempt to "prevent" crimes.
"It works!" repeatedly chant citizens from all walks of life.
It opens wide next week.
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