James Bamford


James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses the ACLU’s legal challenge against the newly codified warrantless eavesdropping law, the high legal hurdles that shield NSA actions from lawsuits, the dearth of eavesdropping success stories and the rapidly expanding NSA data mining facilities that are reaching epic capacities.

MP3 here. (39:22)

James Bamford is the author of three books about the NSA and a former Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight. His article “The NSA is still listening to you” is on Salon.com.

7 thoughts on “James Bamford”

  1. Scott, when you travel do you run into any trouble or delays?

    The last time I travelled I had an End the Fed flyer under the lid of my laptop. It had a large photo of the Fed building. It was given extra scrutiny.

    On the return flight I was patted down by some scrawny little f**k who asked me if I was sensitive as he worked his way up my legs. I said we'll find out.

    Always enjoy interviews with Mr. Bamford.

  2. Scott– a million square feet is about 17 football fields, counting the end zones.

    Another good interview!

  3. "Protest groups" or "soldiers" are not the surveillance targets that are creating a USSR-style Politburo on the Potomac.

    Why would James or Scott emphasize this as their primary concern?

    Are they diffusing dissent? Are they aiding Cheney? Why so little concern over the obvious danger?

    How was political power controlled in the USSR? How were the apparatchiks blackmailed?

    When all of Congress is wiretapped, is that more dangerous than Rove's misdirectional stageplay of wiretapping Quakers in Vermont?

    Maybe James & Scott are getting blackmailed by Rove too? Or is their misdirection willing participation?

  4. That was good Scott. I remember one of the Chronicles writers comparing Valdimir Putin with Bush and saying he preferred Putin and then saying something like now he would (the Chronicles writer) have that remark stuck in his NSA file.
    I thought he was being pretty silly…I don't anymore!

    And I remember Ron Paul saying something at the 'counter-convention' in Minneapolis about people 'listening to conversations' or 'bugging rooms' and saying "that's not very good." I wonder what that was about. The speech is on Youtube. How stupid and creepy.

  5. i appologize early for my illiteracy and spelling. i am a simple man in canada that enjoys watching nova on pbs. i just saw a show called the spy factory where mr.bamford spoke very intelligent words. i am not a conspiracy theorist, but the information given, against the nsa (re:9/11 & osama), by himself AND the former cia agents was overwhelming. i say, the nsa either totally dropped the ball and should be abolished, or they were in it with deep pockets. i encourage you to watch the episode and would enjoy any info on how to contact james bamford to discuss. christhebuildr@hotmail.com

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