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

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Doubleday, 2008 - Political Science - 395 pages
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James Bamford exposed the existence of the top-secret National Security Agency in the bestsellingThe Puzzle Palaceand continued to probe into its workings in his follow-up bestseller,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.

In THE SHADOW FACTORY, Bamford 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. With unrivaled access to sources and documents, 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.

THE SHADOW FACTORY is a riveting read for anyone concerned about civil liberties and America’s security in the post-9/11 world.

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

User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

Good book. A little too in-depth at times regarding the technical aspects of electronic surveillance, but worth reading. I wish there was a little more about the pre-911 history of NSA. Read full review

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User Review  - Michele Weiner - Goodreads

The NSA and the internet. You ought to know that your e-mails are being saved, though not read. Too much information prevents the NSA from finding the real criminals and terrorists Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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 2005 Rolling Stone article “The Man Who Sold the War” won a 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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