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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 »

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Friedrich Moser

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Friedrich Moser, Friedrich Moser (author)
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Cast

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
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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 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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Country:

Austria

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Good American - Il prezzo della sicurezza See more »

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El Ride Productions See more »
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the piece of information that we were missing
16 November 2016 | by frantastikaSee all my reviews

Many documentaries show us situations that we have some idea, that somewhat we know a bit or we have heard or read about it but not deep enough. For that reason, this documentary was a complete surprise from the beginning to the end and it seems the audience was very compelled too through the whole film... so I guess I wasn't the only one feeling like "how this happened and I did not read or hear anything about it". The topic is extremely important and current; we have several documentaries about how important is protect our data and privacy but not so many about how we got in this situation. Here is that piece we were missing and helps a lot to make sense nowadays with our sense of surveillance. We have films about Edward Snowden and the last one, "Snowden", have the Nicolas Cage's character base in the creator of "Thin thread" that is the man, the good American.


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