The Spy Factory documentary from NOVA examines the role of the National Security Agency "in the failure to stop the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent eavesdropping program that listens in without warrant on millions of American citizens." Visitors can watch the documentary in its entirety online for free. There is also a transcript available for the hour long video for those visitors who prefer to read the alarming tale uncovered by author James Bamford. Visitors interested in a list of "participants" in the film and their available contact information can find it listed below the "Transcript" link. There are also related resources and links on the homepage that expand on the topic of military and espionage, including "Spy Factory: Expert Q&A" with James Bamford and "Investigating 9/11", about pre-9/11 intelligence failures. The Expert Q&A is a real treat for visitors who are intelligence fans, as Bamford answers several dozen questions, some about Spy Factory and the NSA, and others about previous books he has written on intelligence.


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