James Bamford, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

The curtailment of your average American citizen’s rights has always been an omnipresent source of debate; a debate that has intensified exponentially since 9/11. And the reason for that? Speculation has run rampant regarding the truth behind 9/11, the role of America’s intelligence gathering agencies in the attacks, and how the results have been manipulated for their benefit.

A revealing and predominantly terrifying book, The Shadow Factory follows the path of the civil liberty-crushing surveillance program perpetrated against the American people, as well as the world, by the NSA. It discusses the consent of countries and intelligence organizations to push the world in an Orwellian direction that they decided was best to keep the whole mess under control.

The Shadow Factory is overflowing with scary facts laid out accessibly, while avoiding the easy traps of paranoia and conspiracy theories. The main failing is a sense that, at times, fact is being mixed with fiction. Furthermore, there is just too much information to take in for one book. But nothing changes the fact this is a solid read that leaves you with the sense Big Brother is looking over your shoulder.

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