I finished the final book in the Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. The series was a fun one to read, and I consumed them quite voraciously. It’s just one of those things where you think, “Just one more page… I’ll finish this section… I have to know how the next chapter starts.” And then suddenly it’s way past bedtime or you’ve spent your whole lunch break sitting in the back of your car like a creeper reading and balancing a bowl of salad on your knee.
In the last book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, there a whole lot to do with Sweden’s version of the CIA. There’s a secret division that was created around the main bad guy of the last book. ANYWAY, they plant some cocaine and a lotta dollahs in a journalist’s house and then try to off him, so that police find it all and think he’s a drug dealer when they’re investigating his death. That way, he seems a lot less credible when he reveals all the illegal stuff the Swedish CIA has been up to the past 30 years.
Me finishing this book just happened to correspond with the recent headlines regarding the head of the (US) CIA, General Patraeus, resigning because of his affair. One of my friends on Facebook commented on how convenient it was that he resigned after the election but before the hearings about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. While Patraeus can still testify, he sure does seem to have his priorities elsewhere and comes off as a lot less credible since he’s been mixed up in some immoral shenanigans.
The correlation between the two just made me wonder how controlling our secret arms of government can be in manipulating the media and how stong the media’s perspective can be in manipulating the perspectives of the public.
Just some thoughts for Wednesday!