It's simple economics. Today it's oil, right? In ten or fifteen years: food... Now what do you think the people are going to want us to do then? ... Ask them when people who've never known hunger start going hungry... They won't want us to ask them. They'll just want us to get it for them!
Redford walks the spook in front of the New York Times.
Spook: You poor dumb son of a bitch! It didn't have to end this way... Hey, Turner! How do you know they'll print it? You can take a walk. But how far if they don't print it?
Redford: They'll print it.
Spook: How do you know?
Did you hear the one about how American troops murdered four women and five children in Iraq in 2006, including a woman over 70 and an infant under five months old, with all the kids under five? All of them were handcuffed and shot in the head. We later called in an airstrike to cover it up, apparently. But it barely registered a blip on the American consciousness.
What if it we're forced to look at all of this for real next time, and what if it turns out we can't accept it? What if murder and corruption is what's holding it all together? ...this is going to be the implicit argument from the secret-keeping side when this inevitable confrontation comes. They will say to us, in essence, "It's the only way. And you don't want to know." And a lot of us won't.
It's a shock that "The Conversation" was finished months before Watergate, but should it be?
This is America for the entirety of my life, and my country since more recently.