Nov 03, Peggy rated it did not like it. Such a system loaded with newspaper information periodicals and huge amount of huge amounts of personal information sucked up by the NSA could eventually lead to a computer who could identify which people would most likely be opposed to a government project or might be most likely to join or support a certain group. Please review your cart. Army had been reduced to emptying jail cells and drunk tanks to fill its quota of Iraq-bound soldiers.
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The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America by James Bamford
Return to Book Page. Technology is powerful I never realized the extent of data gathering. Bamford's book contains the statements of people who worked there, including Adrienne J. After the terrorist attacks, the NSA had a lot of new funding and fewer legal restraints, so it expanded its wiretapping, data collection and data mining efforts.
It's too bad so much of that history simply highlights the moral bankruptcy of our country and its leaders.
Jul 01, Bob Schmitz rated it really liked it. Buy the Audiobook Download: Apr 22, Melinda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sealed in layers of polyethylene, Mylar tape, stranded steel wires, aluminum sheathing, copper tubing, and petroleum jelly shaodw the heavily protected hair-thin glass fibers.
I'd consider this more of a history than a politics book. I love this book because of all the details it reveals, but I feel like it only tells half the story how we got here and is missing what is happening or can be done to combat this monstrous invasion of privacy.
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Jul 14, Pages Buy. Jan 11, Ryan rated it it was ok. Bamford has distilled a troubling chapter in American history.
Senior executives at NSA, including former directors, leave government service and sit on the boards or become executives at private companies. It's just an errant drone strike you babies! Anyways, these guys suck on every level.
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Jamez Pretext For War. For who can doubt that such tools will ffactory used to stifle dissent at home as they are used for that purpose abroad? He talks about Richard Clarke and Rand Beers, the former a very public critic of the Bush administration, and the latter, an advisor to Senator Kerry in campaign.
Further, the actual terrorist-stopping data sits in Arabic, which perhaps 80 people among the tens of thousands of NSA operatives can translate.
The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America
February 1, - Bamford's latest article in Foreign Affairs looks at foreign nations buying advanced spyware on the open market. Kinne says that they were listening to the phone calls of Americans in the Middle East making calls factoy to the States, including NGOs, aid workers, and journalists at the Palestine Hotel.
This shadiw with an eye towards how the gathering of intelligence changed from a focused peering into the doings of potential enemies abroad to spying on the doings of everyone, American or not, in the USA or outside. Considering I started this about a week before all of the most recent PRISM leaks about the NSA and their data collection, I found this a timely look at the past of the NSA as well as a nice fill in on what the mainstream media is covering about today's news.
Half a million people live on its watch list, and the number grows by the thousands every month. Feb 01, Joseph rated it it was amazing.
Every American should read this book before they vote again. This article about a book on politics of the United States is a stub. Israeli companies founded by and staffed by former Israeli in Bamford has made a career of writing about the NSA. It is important for us all to know what our government is up to, what lines it is willing to cross, and maybe, just maybe, by casting some light on these dark recesses, Americans who care about preserving our freedoms can begin to address these dark impulses.
I read zhadow book back in '10 and pretty much forgot about it until the other day when something about Edward Snadow caught my eye.
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These stories get progressively less compelling and more tenuous as the book continues. Sep 16, Minutes. This was a fascinating read. Worse, some of these contractors sell faactory goods and services to other countries, friend and foe, to help monitor and in some cases, control and suppress their own populace.