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A Good American (2015)

TV-14
100 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A Good American tells the story of the best code-breaker the USA ever had and how he and a small team within NSA created a surveillance tool that could pick up any electronic signal on earth, filter it for targets and render results in ...See moreA Good American tells the story of the best code-breaker the USA ever had and how he and a small team within NSA created a surveillance tool that could pick up any electronic signal on earth, filter it for targets and render results in real-time while keeping the privacy as demanded by the US constitution. The tool was perfect - except for one thing: it was way too cheap. Therefor NSA leadership, who had fallen into the hands of industry, dumped it - three weeks prior to 9/11. In a secret test-run of the program against the pre-9/11-NSA database in early 2002 the program immediately found the terrorists. This is the story of former Technical director of NSA, Bill Binney, and a program called ThinThread. Written by Anonymous See less
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Jana Maya Druskovic (as Jana Maja Druskovic)
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Updated Dec 9, 2015

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Feb 3, 2017 (United States)

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William Binney
Himself - Former Technical Director NSA Himself - Former Technical Director NSA   See fewer
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Jesselyn Radack
Herself - Whistleblower Attorney Herself - Whistleblower Attorney   See fewer
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Kirk Wiebe
Himself - Former Senior Analyst NSA Himself - Former Senior Analyst NSA   See fewer
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Diane Roark
Herself - Former Senior Staffer House Intelligence Committee NSA Account Herself - Former Senior Staffer House Intelligence Committee NSA Account   See fewer
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Edward Loomis
Himself - Former Senior Computer Scientist NSA Himself - Former Senior Computer Scientist NSA   See fewer
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Thomas Drake
Himself - Software Engineer, Former Senior Executive NSA Himself - Software Engineer, Former Senior Executive NSA   See fewer
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Christopher Beer
Young Bill Binney Young Bill Binney   See fewer
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Gregor Huter
Young Ed Loomis Young Ed Loomis   See fewer
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Mars Mohr
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7.4 / 10 | 618 votes