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A Good American (2015)

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A Good American tells the story of the best code-breaker the USA ever had and how he and a small team within NSA created a surveillance tool that could pick up any electronic signal on ... See full summary »


Friedrich Moser


Friedrich Moser, Friedrich Moser (author)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Binney ... Himself - Former Technical Director NSA
Jesselyn Radack ... Herself - Whistleblower Attorney
Kirk Wiebe Kirk Wiebe ... Himself - Former Senior Analyst NSA
Diane Roark Diane Roark ... Herself - Former Senior Staffer House Intelligence Committee NSA Account
Edward Loomis Edward Loomis ... Himself - Former Senior Computer Scientist NSA
Thomas Drake ... Himself - Software Engineer, Former Senior Executive NSA
Christopher Beer Christopher Beer ... Young Bill Binney
Gregor Huter Gregor Huter ... Young Ed Loomis
Mars Mohr Mars Mohr ... Young Kirk Wiebe
Kevin Heipl Kevin Heipl ... Extra
Nikolai Hauser Nikolai Hauser ... Extra
Alexander Bokor Alexander Bokor ... Extra
Ivan Krastev Ivan Krastev ... Extra
Lukas Kilian Lukas Kilian ... Extra
Joakim Schweiger-Ortiz Joakim Schweiger-Ortiz ... Extra


A Good American tells the story of the best code-breaker the USA ever had and how he and a small team within NSA created a surveillance tool that could pick up any electronic signal on earth, filter it for targets and render results in real-time while keeping the privacy as demanded by the US constitution. The tool was perfect - except for one thing: it was way too cheap. Therefor NSA leadership, who had fallen into the hands of industry, dumped it - three weeks prior to 9/11. In a secret test-run of the program against the pre-9/11-NSA database in early 2002 the program immediately found the terrorists. This is the story of former Technical director of NSA, Bill Binney, and a program called ThinThread. Written by Anonymous

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3 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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When covering up leaderships ignorance, takes a back seat to the truth, America Loses
19 September 2017 | by cblast-83416See all my reviews

A Good American highlights the brilliance of the American Mind & ingenuity, while exposing the utter buffoonery & incompetence of those leading the American Intelligence Community.

Good American reveals the importance of holding senior intelligence officers accountable for their failures. Rather than holding congressional inquires into the ignorance and incompetence of General Hayden & Maureen Baginski, the intelligence community invests all the resources available to them in order to discredit, intimidate, incriminate, & indite the whistle-blowers who simply tell the truth of their leaderships ineptitude.

It makes it hard to teach your children to be accountable for their actions when they grow up in a country who refuses to be accountable for its own actions. At some point America needs to look in the mirror and hold its leaders accountable for the compete and utter incompetence, bordering on treasonesque, instead of using all of its resources to villainize whistle-blowers for exposing the truth.

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