victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 9 02:48:59 UTC 2011

I do want to make it clear that the second half of the quote varies--e.g.,
the ACLU attribution uses "they aren't watching you".


On Sun, May 8, 2011 at 10:47 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at>wrote:

> I am having a moment of doubt--the line is clearly in the movie version of
> Catch-22 (1970):
> Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.
> But is it in the book (1961, but written over about 8 years)? Because, if
> it isn't...
> Well, just search around--it's credited to everyone from ACLU to Abbie
> Hoffman. One credit I did not find: Joseph Heller.
> Oh, and BTW, Rahm Emanuel stole a similar line from Kissinger: Even a
> paranoid (or "paranoids") can have enemies (or "has real enemies").
> VS-)

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