This Nova program looks at true stories from the National Security Agency.
James Bamford,Frank Blanco,David Murfee Faulk,Eric Haseltine,Michael Hayden,Jay O. Sanders
NOVA investigates the inner workings of the National Security Agency (NSA), the world's largest intelligence agency-examining its technological capabilities, limitations, and procedures, and asking the question "Are Americans safer since 9/11?" NOVA's The Spy Factory reveals that the NSA knew the identity of key 9/11 plotters and tracked them in the U.S. for more than a year, yet never shared that information with other agencies such as the FBI. Additionally, for at least five years, NSA had been listening in on Al Qaeda communications emanating from a three story house in Yemen, shown in the program, which served as Osama bin Laden's logistics headquarters. The program also investigates the NSA today-revealing that since 2003, the agency has been eavesdropping (without warrant) on ordinary U.S. citizens. From its tragic failures leading up to 9/11 to its secret listening rooms installed in the nation's telecom networks, this is a suspenseful, eye-opening report on the threat to privacy and the effectiveness of high-tech surveillance in the age of terrorism.