Scott Horton Interviews James Bamford

Scott Horton, September 13, 2011

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James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses his article “Post-September 11, NSA ‘enemies’ include us” at; the continuing debate on “why they hate us,” exemplified by the Ron Paul/Rick Santorum debate; how the US took Osama bin Laden’s bait by rushing into the Afghan quagmire and bleeding the empire dry; and how digital communications have expanded NSA capabilities exponentially in the last few decades while protections against abuse have been gutted by the Bush and Obama administrations.

MP3 here. (19:30)

James Bamford is the author of three books about the NSA and a former Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight. The Emmy nominated PBS Nova program “The Spy Factory” can be watched here.

5 Responses to “James Bamford”

  1. *waving* to NSAers.

  2. Bamford's a good man and an estimable reporter. Yes, the lawless U.S. Government regards the American people as an enemy to be spied on.

    (On an unrelated note: Have you read the book "SCORPION Down" by Ed Offley? Hell, the things you learn decades after the event! Offley's thesis is that U.S.S. SCORPION (SSN-589)… was torpedoed and sunk by a Russian submarine on May 22, 1968.)

  3. Basically, or at least metaphorically, our minds are in a cage and the NSA has the keys to all the cages.

  4. The Internet is the "greatest spying machine the world has ever known"
    - J. Assange

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