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

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Anchor Books, 2009 - Political Science - 395 pages
Journalist Bamford exposed the existence of the top-secret National Security Agency in The Puzzle Palace and continued to probe into its workings in his follow-up Body of Secrets. Now Bamford discloses inside, often shocking information about the transformation of the NSA in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 2001. He shows how the NSA's failure to detect the presence of two of the 9/11 hijackers inside the United States led the NSA to abandon its long-held policy of spying only on enemies outside the country. Instead, after 9/11 it turned its almost limitless ability to listen in on friend and foe alike over to the Bush Administration to use as a weapon in the war on terror. Bamford details how the agency has conducted domestic surveillance without court approval, and he frames it in the context of the NSA's ongoing hunt for information about today's elusive enemies.--From publisher description.
 

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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

Contents

Introduction
1
Sanaa
7
Intercept
12
San Diego
22
Deaf
27
Mesa
39
Thinthread
44
Totowa
48
War
143
Shamrock
161
Qwest
169
Cables
175
Splitter
188
Industry
197
Transit
207
Partners
212

Chatter
55
Cambrils
58
Warning
63
Fort Lee
70
Discovery
74
Laurel
76
Surprise
82
Pentagon
89
Opportunity
99
Hunters
105
FISA
112
Mission
119
Highlander
124
Assassination
135
Wiretappers
234
Technotyranny
254
Miners
262
Fractures
271
Emergency
278
Exposure
287
Extremis
293
Immunity
301
11
321
Turbulence
331
Abyss
341
Notes
347
Index
379
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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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