The Shadow Factory

The Shadow Factory

The Ultra-secret NSA From 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

Book - 2008
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James Bamford exposed the existence of the top-secret National Security Agency in the bestselling The Puzzle Palace and continued to probe into its workings in his follow-up bestseller, Body of Secrets, Now Bamford discloses inside, often shocking information about the transformation of the NSA in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 2001. In THE SHADOW FACTORY, Bamford shows how the NSA's failure to detect the presence of two of the 9/11 hijackers inside the United States led the NSA to abandon its long-held policy of spying only on enemies outside the country. Instead, after 9/11 it turned its almost limitless ability to listen in on friend and foe alike over to the Bush Administration to use as a weapon in the war on terror. With unrivaled access to sources and documents, Bamford details how the agency has conducted domestic surveillance without court approval, and he frames it in the context of the NSA's ongoing hunt for information about today's elusive enemies. THE SHADOW FACTORY is a riveting read for anyone concerned about civil liberties and America's security in the post-9/11 world.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2008.
ISBN: 9780385521321
Branch Call Number: 327.1273 BAM
Characteristics: ix, 395 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 29, 2016

Bamford's written some good stuff, but the overall premise is incorrect - - according to the after-action congressional investigations [which are online and the Seattle library system which was where I perused them] the CIA was aware of the hijackers in America, and had tasked the NSA to eavesdrop on them. Therefore, not a valid basis to do domestic surveillance, and certainly hasn't stopped any further jihadi murders [Ft. Hood attacks, Boston Marathon bombing, San Bernardino, Orlando, et cetera] to date?
Just as when the FBI had on hand the plans for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center [when the confiscated the files of the murderer of Rabbi Kahane], yet acted unaware.

Mar 24, 2015

Incredible detail into the events leading up to 9/11.

Feb 03, 2013

A great look into the intelligence community. Examines the events and missteps leading to 9/11, and takes the reader through a history of the NSA in light of those attacks. The history is somewhat dated, and therefore doesn't include anything on the Obama administration, but it is interesting to see how Bush-era politics have carried forward.

Aug 20, 2012

This is an important read for those who are concerned about our First Amendment rights and how the government/corporations collect information on us. I actually listened to a downloadable audio version, but it wouldn't list on my Summer Reading. The book is NOT out of date - the progression of events have not stopped. I sent copies of the hard bound to friends. Those of us who were active through the Sixties know about the watchful eye.

Dec 21, 2009

Nova's TV special "The Spy Factory" is based on "The Shadow Factory" by James Bamford. The program can be seen at

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Oct 14, 2014

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