Director: Friedrich Moser
Nominated as best documentary feature at multiple film festivals, including festivals in Palm Springs, Cleveland, and Nashville.
An eye-opening and deeply disturbing documentary, A Good American tells the complete story of a groundbreaking, very sophisticated surveillance program – known as “ThinThread” — that was intended to gather data capable of providing clues, in real time, of potential terrorist threats.
The brilliant mastermind behind the program’s development was a cryptologist and long-time National Security Agency analyst and Technical Director, Bill Binney. The surveillance program, which was killed off by NSA management only weeks prior to 9/11, was evidently far more effective and inexpensive than the now discredited programs being pursued by the U.S. and European Union governments.
According to the film, built-in safeguards would have prevented the massive surveillance methods later exposed by Edward Snowden. So why was this program killed off? And who was responsible for the decision?
Released in 2015
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