Scott Horton Interviews James Bamford

Scott Horton, April 18, 2009

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James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses the NSA’s excessive domestic spying, how all the necessary intelligence gathering tools were available pre-9-11, the second life of Total Information Awareness (TIA) in the NSA and the Israeli government-connected companies involved in U.S. intelligence gathering.

MP3 here. (22:04)

James Bamford is the author of three books about the NSA and a former Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight.

5 Responses to “James Bamford”

  1. Was it the NSA wiretap that was responsible for all the static in this call?

    Anyone have any doubts that the NSA files are thick on members of Congress?

  2. Maybe I’m looking at this in an overly simple way, but we have a thing now called caller ID. We can track the location of the source of a call. I would think that a similar program can determine the other end of the call. That’s for landlaines and for cell phones there is satellite tracking. How can they say that they don’t know the location of the source of a phone call?
    If the NSA can locate a phone call of someone under investigation within seconds how can they say they don’t know the source and destination of a call unless they are doing a dragnet of calls that is beyond the FISA amendaments. By saying they don’t know to me is admiting they are acting illegally.

  3. ALL CONGRESS SWEAR TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION DURING THEIR INAUGURATION. THAT WOULD INCLUDE ALL OF THE AMENDMENTS, INCLUDING THE Ist AMENDMENT ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!

  4. Reading the many posts surfaces that on the face of what is being said, this whole thing is a lot of crap! What many don’t know is that within our Federal Government down to many local areas there is a huge Criminal Political element (Political Mafia) that are running a World Wide Drug Distribution system involving TONS of cocaine and other drugs. It’s been going on for years. How I know is because I was in a family for more than 26 years who are directly involved with laundering and actual air distribution of these drugs. Obama while an attorney directly assisted the family with starting up their air distribution business in Florida in the 90′s according to the family. How much money is involved? Chicago alone gets a weekly $100 million dollar shipment that amounts to more than $5Billion per year. The family I was in should be known as US Drug Lords and there are more who are much larger.

    Marty Didier
    Northbrook, IL

  5. My ex husband is a senior executive at NSA – he's a big deadbeat – violated all the security clearance regs – and nobody did a thing – he ran out on our daughter when she was 7 – 30 years ago

    NSA is a crock. DOD is a bigger crock. Crooks and liars.

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