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

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

James Bamford
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A Washington Post Best Book of the Year

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 gaze within America's borders.

The Shadow Factory reconstructs how the NSA missed a chance to thwart two of the 9/11 hijackers and details how this mistake has led to a heightening of surveillance to insure that it never happens again. In disturbing detail, Bamford describes exactly how every American's data is being mined and by whom, 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1 edition (14 Oct 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001FA0JLY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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If you think I'm being paranoid, I'm not. It is highly likely that this review & anyone who reads it online have been swept up into the data vacuum cleaner of the NSA for analysis. Though this book is largely about the US's National Security Agency, that eavesdrops on the world's electronic communications, it is as equally relevant to the UK with GCHQ (our NSA) being intimately involved with American eavesdropping.

Be aware, that in parts, this book can be quite technical, as the NSA use the world's most powerful supercomputers to sort through all the billions of e-mails & phone calls from around the world. You'll find out what a petaflop is! It also might make people who are supporters of George Bush hot under the collar as Bamford is clearly anti-Bush. However, it is a fascinating & frightening read about what they are already capable of doing & what they will soon be capable of- nothing less than the systematic profiling of the whole US population based on their web searches, telephone conversations, credit card purchases, etc. The NSA have developed an artificial intelligence that can basically tell how people think through these activities.

The NSA has too long been shrouded in secrecy; this is a timely drawing back of the curtain that updates into Bamford's back catalogue of books about the NSA. It is clear the NSA has a vital mission in fighting terrorism & espionage, but at what price to freedom & democracy?

I just wonder how long it is before there's a knock on the door....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 23 Aug 2013
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I liked the book. Well written, well researched - maybe a bit too heavy on detail in parts. I would recommend it in terms of the way it should raise consciousness about how freedom and democracy can be undermined and what could or should be done to control this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book... 23 Aug 2013
By Rafe
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...particularly in the light of recent disclosures. Dives into the technology, motivations, constraints and politics of intelligence gathering with a strong focus on signals intelligence and the challenges of dealing with the information explosion of the last couple of decades. Recent disclosures (as of summer 2013) pick-up where this book leaves off.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing particularly new 20 Jun 2014
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Well in light if Edward Snowden the information presented is nothing new, it is still a reasonable account of the internal politics of who is watching who but nothing special. It does get bogged down in places and somewhat of a bitchfest between players and you can easily put this book down and come back later.
Readable and helps pass an afternoon but not very informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 9 July 2014
By Pi
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A jolly good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A light on the clandestine activities of the USA 29 Jun 2013
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Excellent book. Shows that many people died unnecessarily due to the poor performance of the NSA, CIA and FBI. There is more to tracking terrorists than spying on emails......
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