Friday, March 29, 2019

James Bamford: Journalist/Producer/History of National Security Agency/Surveillance

Ackerman, Spencer and James Bamford. "NSA Confirms Dragnet Phone Records Collection, But Admits It Was Key in Stopping Just 1 Terror Plot." Democracy Now (August 1, 2013) ["Testifying before the Senate on Wednesday, National Security Agency Deputy Director John Inglis conceded that the bulk collection of phone records of millions of Americans under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act has been key in stopping only one terror plot — not the dozens officials had previously said. Ahead of Wednesday’s Senate hearing, the Obama administration released three heavily censored documents related to its surveillance efforts, but the White House has refused to declassify the legal arguments underlying the dragnet or the original rulings by the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, on which the released order to collect phone records was based. Meanwhile, the head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, was repeatedly interrupted by critics of government surveillance in a speech Wednesday before the Black Hat conference, a gathering of hackers and cybersecurity professionals in Las Vegas. We’re joined by two guests: Spencer Ackerman, national security editor at The Guardian, and James Bamford, an investigative reporter who has covered the National Security Agency for three decades after helping expose its existence in the 1980s."]

Bamford, James. "Connecting the Dots on Prism, Phone Surveillance, and the NSA's Massive Spy Center." Wired (June 12, 2013)

---. "Intel Expert James Bamford Blasts Russiagate Hype." Who.What.Why. (March 26, 2018)

---. "The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard of." Foreign Policy (March 20, 2017)

---. "The Next Not-So-Cold War: As Climate Change Heats Arctic, Nations Scramble for Control and Resources." Democracy Now (September 1, 2015) ["As the Arctic region warms, the geopolitical significance of the region is growing as new areas become reachable, spurring maritime traffic and oil drilling. Resources below the Arctic ice cap are worth over $17 trillion, the rough equivalent of the entire U.S. economy. According to investigative journalist James Bamford, the region has become the “crossroads of technical espionage” as the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark battle for control of those resources. Bamford joins us to talk about his recent piece, “Frozen Assets: The Newest Front in Global Espionage is One of the Least Habitable Locales on Earth—the Arctic.”"]

---. "The NSA and Me." The Intercept (October 2, 2014)

---. "The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)." Wired (March 15, 2012)

---. "The NSA's Warrantless Wiretapping Program." Boiling Frogs (July 21, 2009)

---. "NSA Snooping Was Only the Beginning. Meet the Spy Chief Leading Us Into Cyberwar." Wired (June 12, 2013)

---. "On NSA Secrets, Keith Alexander’s Influence & Massive Growth of Surveillance, Cyberwar." Democracy Now (June 14, 2013) ["As the U.S. vows to take “all necessary steps” to pursue whistleblower Edward Snowden, James Bamford joins us to discuss the National Security Agency’s secret expansion of government surveillance and cyber warfare. In his latest reporting for Wired magazine, Bamford profiles NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and connects the dots on PRISM, phone surveillance and the NSA’s massive spy center in Bluffdale, Utah. Says Bamford of Alexander: “Never before has anyone in America’s intelligence sphere come close to his degree of power, the number of people under his command, the expanse of his rule, the length of his reign or the depth of his secrecy.” The author of “The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America,” Bamford has covered the National Security Agency for the last three decades, after helping expose its existence in the 1980s."]

---. The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9-11 to the Eavesdropping on America. Doubleday, 2008.

---. "Shady Companies with Ties to Israel Wiretap the U.S.A. for the NSA." Wired (April 3, 2012)

---. "Statement - James Bamford, NSA Lawsuit Client." ACLU (ND)

---. "They Know Much More Than You Think." The New York Review of Books (August 15, 2013)

---. "Washington Ministry of Preemption." Foreign Policy (May 31, 2017) ["To stop security breaches before they happen, U.S. intelligence agencies are surveilling everything."]

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