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

Author: James Bamford

Genre: Politics-Culture-Law

Publisher: Doubleday / Published Year: 2017

Pages: 395 pages / Weight: Updating

Dimensions: 24.5 x 16.5 x 3.1 cm

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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.

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James Bamford exposed the existence of the top-secret National Security Agency in the bestselling The Puzzle Palace and continued to probe into its workings in his follow-up bestseller, Body of Secrets. Now Bamford discloses inside, often shocking information about the transformation of the NSA in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 2001.

In THE SHADOW FACTORY, Bamford shows how the NSA’s failure to detect the presence of two of the 9/11 hijackers inside the United States led the NSA to abandon its long-held policy of spying only on enemies outside the country. Instead, after 9/11 it turned its almost limitless ability to listen in on friend and foe alike over to the Bush Administration to use as a weapon in the war on terror. With unrivaled access to sources and documents, Bamford details how the agency has conducted domestic surveillance without court approval, and he frames it in the context of the NSA’s ongoing hunt for information about today’s elusive enemies.

THE SHADOW FACTORY is a riveting read for anyone concerned about civil liberties and America’s security in the post-9/11 world.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Doubleday; 1st edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏with Dust Jacket : ‎ 395 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0385521324
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0385521321
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.4 x 1.15 x 9.5 inches

JAMES BAMFORD (born September 15, 1946) is an American bestselling author, journalist and documentary producer widely noted for his writing about United States intelligence agencies, especially the National Security Agency (NSA).

James Bamford is the author of Body of SecretsThe Puzzle Palace, and A Pretext for War, and has written on national security for The New York Times MagazineThe Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. His 2005 Rolling Stone article “The Man Who Sold the War” won a National Magazine Award for reporting. Formerly the Washington investigative producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and a distinguished visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Bamford lives in Washington, D.C.