The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 14, 2008 - Political Science - 352 pages
James Bamford has been the preeminent expert on the National Security Agency since his reporting revealed the agency’s existence in the 1980s. Now Bamford describes the transformation of the NSA since 9/11, as the agency increasingly turns its high-tech ears on the American public.

The Shadow Factory reconstructs how the NSA missed a chance to thwart the 9/11 hijackers and details how this mistake has led to a heightening of domestic surveillance. In disturbing detail, Bamford describes exactly how every American’s data is being mined and what is being done with it. Any reader who thinks America’s liberties are being protected by Congress will be shocked and appalled at what is revealed here.
 

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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

Bamford has made a career of writing about the NSA. In this volume he recounts the events of 9/11 from the NSA's viewpoint, showing how they screwed up, refused to acknowledge it, and proceeded to ask ... Read full review

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User Review  - jmcilree - LibraryThing

It is a very interesting history of the NSA from pre 9/11 through 2007. He portrays Michael Hayden as power-hungry and somewhat incompetent. The power of the NSA is rather frightening, and somewhat comforting, when threats abound. Read full review

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Discovery
Surprise
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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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