James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory and top expert on the NSA, returns in this Boiling Frogs interview, co-hosted with Sibel Edmonds.
James Bamford returns to our show to discuss the gigantic $2 billion data center thatâ€™s being built in Utah for the National Security Agency and other agencies geared to target everyone and every single communication, and how for the first time since Watergate and the other scandals of the Nixon administration, the NSA has turned its surveillance apparatus on the US and its citizens. Here is the full story, in Wired. Bamford also talks about the privatization of intelligence and its implications, the prosecution of NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, the Obama presidency and his escalating assaults on our liberties and privacy, and of course, the ever-absent mainstream media when it comes to investigative journalism and reporting.
James Bamford is one of the countryâ€™s leading writers on intelligence and national security issues. His books include â€œThe Puzzle Palace,â€ â€œBody of Secrets,â€ â€œA Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq and the Abuse of Americaâ€™s Intelligence Agencies,â€ and most recently â€œ The Shadow Factoryâ€. Mr. Bamford coproduced NOVAâ€™s â€œThe Spy Factoryâ€, which was based on his latest book. He has written for many magazines, including investigative cover stories for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine and The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and is a contributing writer for Rolling Stone. His 2005 Rolling Stone article â€œThe Man Who Sold the Warâ€ won a National Magazine Award for reporting. He also spent a decade as the Washington investigative producer for the ABC News program, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and taught at the University of California, Berkeley, as a distinguished visiting professor.