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Antiwar Radio: James Bamford

James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses his article The NSA Is Building the Countrys Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) and his follow-up response to NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexanders testimony to Congress; details on the immense new Utah data center; the NSAs many telecom switch eavesdropping posts, extending far beyond the AT&T San Francisco facility revealed in 2006; whistleblower William Binneys warning that the US is nearly a turnkey totalitarian state; and the NSAs enhanced encryption-cracking abilities.

Antiwar Radio: James Bamford

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 Politico.com; the continuing debate on why they hate us, exemplified by the Ron Paul/Rick Santorum debate; how the US took Osama bin Ladens 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.

Antiwar Radio: James Bamford

James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses the National Security Agency’s surveillance infrastructure, how the 2008 FISA Amendments Act eliminated any meaningful oversight or accountability for wiretapping, Obama’s broken promise to oppose retroactive telecom lawsuit immunity, the Catch-22 of surveillance legal challenges where a litigant can’t sue without evidence of illegal wiretapping but all such records are classified and unobtainable, the Israeli companies that provide software (alleged to contain backdoor access) and hardware to the NSA, the 9/11 Commission’s failure to mention or investigate the NSA and how turf war jealousies (and not legal prohibitions) prevented intelligence agencies from sharing information that would have prevented the 9/11 attacks.

Antiwar Radio: James Bamford

James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses the huge advances in NSA technology and invasiveness since the Church Committee‘s 1975-76 investigation of illegal intelligence gathering, the NSA’s ominously-titled “Perfect Citizen” cyber assault monitoring program, technology and free speech activists who fight internet censorship and how the major telecom hubs provide the NSA with enough information to fill enormous data centers

Antiwar Radio: Scott Ritter, James Bamford and Glenn Greenwald

Scott Ritter, James Bamford and Glenn Greenwald were guests for the 11/17/09 KPFK Pacifica Radio edition of Scott Horton’s Antiwar Radio show.

The show is about an hour long and can be listened to here, beginning at 1:29 into the recording.

Scott Ritter discusses the Iranian nuclear program, James Bamford discusses the national surveillance state and Glenn Greenwald discusses what the upcoming Khalid Sheikh Muhammad trial in New York means for the rule of law.

Antiwar Radio: 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.

Antiwar Radio: James Bamford

James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses the NSA’s excessive domestic spying, how all the necessary intelligence gathering tools were available pre-9-11, the second life of Total Information Awareness (TIA) in the NSA and the Israeli government-connected companies involved in U.S. intelligence gathering.

Antiwar Radio: James Bamford

James Bamford, author of The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses the PBS Nova program The Spy Factory, the legality and efficacy of the NSA’s communications monitoring, the massive amounts of permanent archived data that required a new NSA data storage facility in Texas and the Israeli companies involved in intercepting highly sensitive communications for the U.S. government.

Antiwar Radio: James Bamford

James Bamford, author of The Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets, A Pretext for War and now, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, discusses what the NSA knew about the 9/11 hijackers before the attack, the infighting between the CIA, NSA and FBI, the 9/11 hijackers proximity to NSA headquarters in Maryland prior to the attacks, the abandonment of law and limits on their domestic spying after 9/11, the complicity of major telecoms in helping the state tap the entire internet, the enormous new date storage and mining facility in San Antonio, Texas and the Israeli companies who make the software that runs the Big Brother database.

Antiwar Radio: Sibel Edmonds and James Bamford

Former FBI contract linguist-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and investigative reporter James Bamford discuss the Department of Justice’s abuse of the “State’s Secrets Privilege” to keep Edmonds from telling all she knows about high-level corruption in the Turkish Lobby, the State and Defense Departments and the Congress, a new petition by over 30 organizations demanding hearings into her case and a new FBI whistle-blower, who’s letter the the Department of Justice’s Inspector General [.pdf] reveals that all those wiretaps Edmonds was transcribing were illegal – begun on warrants under the much easier to satisfy-Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in cases of public corruption.

For background: My February 28, interview with Sibel Edmonds expert Luke Ryland here.

Antiwar Radio: James Bamford

Award winning investigative reporter James Bamford discusses Bush and the NSA’s felonious warrantless wiretapping and the neoconservative agenda to drive this country to war with Iran.

December 3, 2005 – James Bamford


James Bamford returns to explain how the PR firm The Rendon Group created the Iraqi National Congress, and has helped lie the American people into every war since Panama in '88. Audio Stream
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August 14, 2004 – James Bamford

Scott interviews James Bamford,
author of the books: The
Puzzle Palace
, Body
of Secrets
, and A
Pretext for War
about why
the terrorists hate us
and the real
motivations for the
Iraq invasion. Audio Stream
MP3 Link