Every week we watch the TV show Blacklist, which is noted for its elaborate plots of spies, agents, good guys and extremely unlikely situations. Now there is a spin-off show, starring one of the lead characters in the original show.
Last night’s episode dealt with The Russians— new spies and situations, and one of the most frightening and far-fetched (maybe…) “plots” that were featured in the old days when the Cold War was at its height. We all knew from a very early age that The Russians were absolutely out to get us…to somehow come to the United States and take over everything. One of the most nefarious scenarios was—Sleeper Cells.
These were groups of individual Russian spies that were trained to impersonate Americans, and underwent elaborate training programs to guarantee absolute authenticity. They drove American cars, sang American songs, ate American food…even birthday cakes! They lived in mock villages built to duplicate American homes and movie theaters, schools and way of life. Then, when the training was completed, these Russians-turned-Americans would actually move to the United States to set up “sleeper cells.”
These “sleeper agents” would then establish their new identities within American towns and cities, and live among the natural citizens indefinitely…until they were “activated” to do whatever it was that they were supposed to do. Namely take over peacefully instead of resorting to violence and war.
Readers who have never before heard about the supposed sleeper-cell projects will no doubt scoff…snicker even…at the fanciful imagination of the Cold War Kids. On the other hand, those in the “know” will experience the old familiar shiver up the spine at the mention of being taken over by enemy agents. Like the old monster movies where the bugs grew to monstrous sizes and proceeded to devour us—unlikely but still scary.
This whole idea used to be reoccurring in movies, novels…even newspaper articles. It became almost like Science Fiction…associated with the similar flicks featuring alien hordes that arrived from outer space in space ships instead of in metal ships or railroad cars.
Apparently we are about to enter another era where we live in nervous laughter at ourselves as we encounter terrible scenarios, worrying about new neighbors moving in next door… gosh, they LOOK normal! Let’s take them a tuna fish casserole and see if they are surprised…
Well, I’m not about to judge anyone. I lived through this stuff before, and will probably survive it again. I have always wondered about Russians. If they were to simulate the American-way-of-life, what in the world was their own life like? It used to be our own government that went out of its way to scare the citizenry with tales about being infiltrated by “them”…the Russians. What if they actually wanted us all to become Russians…would we get to participate in world domination?