I saw a video on YouTube showing the file on Agent Smith's desk talking about how Neo's birthdate was on September 11th. It's hard to read, and I’m not sure if this was conspiracy, truth, or half-truth.

Was this in the original movie at theatres then edited out by machine AI after the attacks? Are there connections? This might not be too relevant, but the main question is: is the birthdate of "Thomas Anderson" the 11th of September?

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    OMG! Laden was a The Matrix fan...
    – user931
    Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 18:20
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    no, BUT the bad guy in the movie "Enemy of the State", Thomas Brian Reynolds, from the Office of Counter-Terrorism WAS born on 9/11/40. And that movie came out in 1998.
    – user11521
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 3:43

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The date of expiration on his passport is 9/11/01 (11th September 2001).

The date of issuance is 9/12/91 (12th September 1991), precisely 20 years (minus one day) after his date of birth on 9/13/71 (13th September 1971).

Identity page from Thomas A. Anderson's passport

Interestingly the date of birth on his security file is different, 03/11/62 (11th March 1962). Chalk this one down to a simple production error.

Photo of security clearance for Thomas A. Anderson, showing date of birth as "11 March, 1962"

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    Of course, no century is included. But when the Matrix is being explained to him, I think they do describe it as being based on late 20th/early 21st century earth, so it’s fair to say his passport expires on 9/11. Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 11:02
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    @PaulD.Waite - It's not clear that in the Matrix, New York even exists. There are no references to it.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 11:03
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    One could explain the date discrepancy by saying the paranoid Mr. Anderson falsified his birth date when applying for a passport.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 20:26
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    @Omegacron - Or hacked whatever database his file is on.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 20:27
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    @Richard - Re New York. Locals call New York "The City" in the real <wink> world and that same name is given to Capitol City by characters in the movie. Coincidence? There are no coincidences in the Matrix. ;)
    – user23715
    Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 20:57

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