James Bamford returns to our show to discuss the gigantic $2 billion data center that’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. Mr. 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 country’s leading writers on intelligence and national security issues. His books include “The Puzzle Palace,” “Body of Secrets,” “A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies,” and most recently “ The Shadow Factory”. Mr. Bamford coproduced NOVA’s “The Spy Factory”, 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 “The Man Who Sold the War” 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.
Listen to the preview Here
Here is our guest James Bamford unplugged!