Update: Dan Froomkin has a great roundup.
I'm sure you've already seen this story or similar ones, but I'll be coming back to them. There's a fairly large political opportunity swimming around in these recurring examples that I'd like to explore in-depth. For now here's a couple of appropriate movie quotes. Sure, I could choose something from China Town or the Conversation, but when you really want pure philosophical content, I think 8 mm is the way to go:
"There's three rules in life: One, there's always a victim; two, don't be it."
"I forgot what three is."
"I thought surveillance was the way of the future."
The first quote reminds me of super maf boss Carlos Marcello. One of his favorite sayings was "Three can keep a secret if two are dead."
Fun fact about oyster: nearly ten years ago he was on his way to becoming a private investigator in Louisiana. He took the courses and passed the requisite tests before concluding it was a much more boring job than he had assumed. (He has no regrets because his current life of adventure is a daily thrill.)