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The Shadow Factory: The NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America Paperback – July 14, 2009
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“Important and disturbing. . . . This revealing and provocative book is necessary reading . . . Bamford goes where the 9/11 Commission did not fully go.”
—Senator Bob Kerrey, The Washington Post Book World
“Fascinating. . . . Bamford has distilled a troubling chapter in American history.”
“At its core and at its best, Bamford’s book is a schematic diagram tracing the obsessions and excesses of the Bush administration after 9/11. . . . There have been glimpses inside the NSA before, but until now no one has published a comprehensive and detailed report on the agency. . . . Bamford has emerged with everything except the combination to the director’s safe.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Engaging. . . . Chilling. . . . Bamford is able to link disparate facts and paint a picture of utter, compounded failure—failure to find the NSA’s terrorist targets and failure to protect American citizens’ communications from becoming tangled in a dragnet.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle
“The bad news in Bamford’s fascinating new study of the NSA is that Big Brother really is watching. The worse news . . . is that Big Brother often listens in on the wrong people and sometimes fails to recognize critical information. . . . Bamford convincingly argues that the agency . . . broke the law and spied on Americans and nearly got away with it.”
—The Baltimore Sun
About the Author
James Bamford is the author of Body of Secrets, The Puzzle Palace, and A Pretext for War, and has written on national security for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. His Rolling Stone article “The Man Who Sold the War” won the 2006 National Magazine Award for reporting. Formerly the Washington investigative producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and a distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Bamford lives in Washington, D.C.
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PRISM started in 2007 and it seems that Bamford is talking about that program. In a book of this length some information will pop-out and often the narrative will drag on. When an author wants to connect the dots as Bamford does, the story takes time. This is essential reading, I highly recommend this book.
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good read and scary stuff, but I always knew the gov wanted to know everything about everyone if they could find a way to do it, that was semi legal. They never do anything directly that can jail folks, that is WHy they use sub contractors. CIA is been doing for ever.
its a good wake up call for the naive.
Drumford's "The Shadow Factory" gives an alarming and comprehensive context to the disclosures recently made by Snowdon, the NSA contractor and former employee who leaked the NSA's internal documentation of its clearly unlawful wiretapping of American Citizens in violation of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, commenced by George Bush and continued by Barrack Obama. FISA - this is scary - was passed precisely because the NSA had been illegally wiretapping Americans without warrants since the days of Harry Truman. Anyway, you get the point, it's all put into context.
This is a very good book, well researched, well organized and put together. The techno stuff is fascinating, even if you don't really grasp it; it's fairly general. It should SERIOUSLY bother anyone, regardless of where on the political spectrum they might fall. One must remember that the people working for the Gestapo, the Stasi and the KGB, along with the governments they worked for, all thought they were doing what was best for their country. The message is clear: if you want to retain your freedoms, then you (that is, the citizenry) better keep a sharp eye and short leash on those folks.