A New Kind of Threat
The National Security Agency, or NSA, is the largest, most secret, most technologically advanced intelligence agency in the world. It thrived during the Cold War with the Soviets, but Al Qaeda represents an entirely different kind of threat. Is the NSA up to it?
running time 10:45
Spy Factory - Part 1
Al Qaeda strikes U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 and the USS Cole in 2000. Both times, the U.S. intelligence community fails to give a timely warning of the attacks.
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Spy Factory - Part 2
More Missed Signals
Well before 9/11, the NSA begins listening in on phone calls from two of the future hijackers from inside the U.S. to a house in Yemen that served as an Al Qaeda operations center. Why didn't they alert the FBI?
running time 9:14
Spy Factory - Part 3
Orwell's "Thought Police" Come Alive
Three weeks after 9/11, President Bush bypasses privacy laws and issues an executive order—the NSA no longer needs to obtain warrants to eavesdrop inside America. The agency begins warrantless monitoring of millions of domestic and international calls, e-mails, and other communications.
running time 9:24
Spy Factory - Part 4
Spy Factory - Part 5
Spy Factory - Part 6
Big Brother (NSA) is Copying Everything on the Internet Nov. 2007
Olbermann-FISA, Telecom Immunity and other Crimes Jan. 31, 2008
Is Mr. "X" Really Mr. "XO" and Craig McCaw