Big Brother Is Watching
Thursday, June 6, 2002
Held at The Independent Institute Conference Center
Reception 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:00 p.m.
Distinguished Visiting Faculty, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley.
Author, Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency.
To outsiders, its initials once stood for No Such Agency. To its employees, they stood for Never Say Anything. Today the public knows that the ultra-secret National Security Agency manages the nations spy satellites, but few know exactly why the NSA is the most powerful U.S. intelligence agencyor its roles in the Cold War, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and Echelon, the worldwide NSA spying operation that, many charge, is illegally monitoring innocent citizens. No outsider knows more about the NSA than investigative journalist James Bamford, who began to research it before most members of Congress had even heard of it. In this talk, Mr. Bamford explained why he believes the NSA is a dangerous, two-edged sword.
Body of Secrets
A magnificent achievement and a compelling read for anyone interested in espionage.
THE BALTIMORE SUN
. . . A galvanizing narrative brimming with heretofore undisclosed details.
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Crisply written and prodigiously researched, Body of Secrets . . . is the most detailed picture yet of the activities of the worlds largest intelligence-gathering operation.
Part history, part expose, Body of Secrets is an anatomy of NSA, seeking to strip away the myth surrounding it . . . authoritative and engaging.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Body of Secrets is one fascinating book . . . . chock-full of juicy stuff . . . . Interesting to read, well-written and scrupulously documented.
Will fascinate anyone interested in the shadow war.
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