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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (454 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Bamford Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Today's National Security Agency is the largest, most costly, and most technologically advanced spy organization the world has ever known. It is also the most intrusive, secretly filtering millions of phone calls and e-mails an hour in the United States and around the world. Half a million people live on its watch list, and the number grows by the thousands every month. Has America become a surveillance state?

In The Shadow Factory, James Bamford, the foremost expert on the National Security Agency, charts its transformation since 9/11, as the legendary code breakers turned their ears away from outside enemies, such as the Soviet Union, and inward to enemies whose communications increasingly crisscross America.

Fast-paced and riveting, The Shadow Factory is about a world unseen by Americans without the highest security clearances. But it is a world in which even their most intimate whispers may no longer be private.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michele Weiner | 2/19/2014

    " The NSA and the internet. You ought to know that your e-mails are being saved, though not read. Too much information prevents the NSA from finding the real criminals and terrorists "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Christopher Rex | 1/31/2014

    " This book sucks. For a topic that could be very interesting, Bamford turns it into a real snore-a-thon. He opens with a complete rendition of the gov't theory on 9-11, complete w/ all its holes, contradictions and problems. He never once entertains the idea that the scumbags in the NSA could've assisted in carrying out the attacks. He then proceeds to bore you to death for the rest of the book. Don't bother. Go read about 9-11 instead. Regardless of any of that, Big Brother is watching - that's for sure. Scumbags. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark | 1/27/2014

    " Paints bleak picture of Bush era NSA sucking up tons of data and skirting the 4th amendment while trying to catch terrorists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thad | 1/17/2014

    " Fascinating book, highly recommended if you're interested in reading about tech/privacy issues and nat'l security. Especially relevant with the recent news that Obama administration wants the internet to be subject to wiretap authority. Gets insanely detailed/inside baseball at times, but it would be impossible to explain these complicated issues without doing so. Bush loyalists will probably consider Bamford biased; I actually would say he does a good job of being as fair as possible to NSA chief Hayden, et. al., in terms of showing what a difficult spot he found himself in post-9/11 (though Bamford doesn't let them off the hook for warrantless wiretapping/data mining). "

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