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NOVA exposes the hidden, high-tech workings of the world's largest intelligence agency, the National Security Agency (NSA). Their mission is to eavesdrop on the world -- from phone calls in Europe and Afghanistan to email messages from Pakistan to Baghdad. Based on the best-seller by James Bamford, this is a report on the threat to privacy and the effectiveness of high-tech surveillance in the age of terrorism.
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PBSNOVA: The Spy Factory DVD
 
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4.0

Accurate & Insightful

By er4

from Alabama

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Comments about PBS NOVA: The Spy Factory DVD:

Nova and Frontline are two of the best series ever developed for the truth-seekers. Stay informed from multiple sources, America.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Say Factory pre Snowden release

By Mouse at home

from Rochester, NY

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Comments about PBS NOVA: The Spy Factory DVD:

I can't believe all the attention Eric Snowden is receiving yet here comes the truth of the NSA and what they do many years ahead of him and nobody says Boo!
This is one of the greatest stories of how the goverment is trying to protect us but in reality errors big time and drops the ball when really needed. Think of Katrina and the foot dragging by FEMA and how the Mormons were the first in action to send needed supplies there.
It really goes to show that a big goverment and all of it's resources can not do what it supposed to do. They had Bin Laden's phone number but couldn't put two and two together to stop the twin tower destruction.
After watching this I'm glad some one is trying to intercept unfriendlies communication but the vast amount they collect can they do something in time with the data?
I am certinly adding this to my collection and will watch it over and over again, you should as well!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Indepth Look

By Batcat

from Las vegas, NV

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Comments about PBS NOVA: The Spy Factory DVD:

One of the agencies you rarely hear about. Another way the US pursues its enemies.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING

By Dennis St. John

from Big Timber, Montana

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Comments about PBS NOVA: The Spy Factory DVD:

There is so much more to communications technology than one might even imagine unless one is involved with it. Satellites have been superseded by fiber optics running under the oceans all round the world. The sophistication of communications is amazing--and the NSA is capturing and filtering it all with banks of Cray computers. Now every telephone call, fax, or email one makes can be assumed to be recorded and listened to. All these billions of dollars spent on global and domestic spying. It is sobering to consider that these defenses have been built to protect us from ragtag civilian soldiers, dismissively called "camel jockeys" and "ragheads," from some of the very poorest parts of the Middle East. Shocking is the fact that the NSA knew that the 9/11 hijackers were in the country and failed to pass the information along to the FBI and other pertinent agencies, and failed to prevent the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Just how safe are we when billions of dollars and the best technology in the world can't keep us safe from people whose ideal society is a 15th Century Islamic Caliphate?

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super-Secret Investigative Video

By Evan

from Austin, Texas

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Comments about PBS NOVA: The Spy Factory DVD:

Having worked in this field (and with colleagues still at NSA) I found the story instructive and gripping. But it also admirably points out the unobvious limitations of signals intelligence --sorting through vast data for what matters. For an accurate depiction of how signals intelligence (albeit low-tech) rests on HUMINT, also rent Fred Zinneman's 1973 "Day of the Jackal" -- the fictionalized version with Edward Fox of a case I know well because I worked it.

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