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A Good American

Austria | 2015 | 100 min | English | Friedrich Moser

A codebreaker genius, a revolutionary surveillance programme and corruption in the board of the National Security Agency. Former Technical Director of the NSA Bill Binney was the best code-breaker the U.S.A. ever had. He and a small team within the NSA created a programme called Thin Thread, a surveillance tool that could pick up any electronic signal on earth, filter it for targets and render results in real-time — while still keeping the privacy demanded by the U.S. constitution.

The tool was perfect — except for one thing: it was way too cheap. Therefore NSA’s leadership, who had fallen into the hands of industry, dumped it ? three weeks prior to 9/11. In a damning secret test-run of the programme against the pre-9/11-NSA database in early 2002 the programme immediately found the terrorists, thus raising the question “What if…?”

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