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Published on Jan 16, 2009
In The Spy Factory, an eye-opening documentary on the National Security Agency (NSA) by best-selling author James Bamford and Emmy Award-winning producer Scott Willis, NOVA exposes the ultra-secret intelligence agency's role in the failure to stop the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent eavesdropping program that listens in without warrant on millions of American citizens. The Spy Factory premieres Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 8 pm ET/PT on PBS (check local listings)
Ask the Expert James Bamford answers viewer questions about the NSA, the movements of 9/11 terrorists before the attacks, the latest surveillance technologies, and more.
Inside Your Head In this excerpt from The Shadow Factory, Bamford describes how the NSA plans to use two highly sophisticated new systems to monitor people's very thoughts.
Investigating 9/11 In this interview, Eleanor Hill, who lead the Joint Congressional Inquiry on the 9/11 attacks, talks about what the U.S. intelligence community knew, or should have known, about the threat prior to the attacks.
Say Again? If you think computers can easily recognize and transcribe spoken language, think again. In this audio feature, hear an expert describe the enormous challenges of designing effective speech-recognition software.