PBS Documentary: Inside The Spy Factory


PBS Documentary: Inside The Spy Factory
by Darius Kadivar

Inside The Spy Factory, an eye-opening documentary on the National Security Agency (NSA) by best-selling author James Bamford and Emmy Award-winning producer Scott Willis, NOVA exposes the ultra-secret intelligence agency's role in the failure to stop the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent eavesdropping program that listens in without warrant on millions of American citizens. The National Security Agency, or NSA, is the largest, most secret, most technologically advanced intelligence agency in the world. It thrived during the Cold War with the Soviets, but Al Qaeda represents an entirely different kind of threat. Is the NSA up to it?

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Indeed Princess Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

I saw this documentary on French German ARTE TV yesterday and found it was very interesting to share it with you here.

Like they say : Kheily Khar too Khar Shod een ghazyeh ! ;0)

But what I found fascinating in this documentary was that all the technology available doesn't replace human intelligence or interpretation. Had the NSA people accepted to share their knowledge with the CIA or FBI we probably could have avoided 9/11 ...

Instead the result was counterproductive in that today every private citizen's email is watched and scrutinized to the smallest detail.

But the problem remains unchanged cause the volume of information that the NSA collects has to be filtered and that requires hours of classification that will require smarter algorithms.

What was very interesting was the way it graphically  illustrated how an email is transmitted from one part of the world to America through from one router to another and under the sea through fiber optics in just a fraction of a second.

In the end it is still Khar too Khar in terms of results ... LOL

They must be laughing at our emails here too ;0)

But nevertheless I found the documentary to be very well done and interesting.


The innocent population pays for the incompetency of "experts"

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The US intelligence cocked up big time, and now the innocent population has to pay the price. What amazes me, is that 8 years later they still failed to connect the dots with the Christmas incident.

Thanks for sharing this.