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In a world brimming with secrets and surveillance, the documentary "A Good American" peels back the layers of one man's extraordinary journey to protect his country while also exposing the chilling consequences of intelligence decisions. Directed by Friedrich Moser, this docu-thriller takes us on a gripping exploration of a groundbreaking surveillance program, the genius behind it, and the harrowing tale of how this alternative to mass surveillance was buried under layers of bureaucracy and corporate interests. Let's dive into the intricate narrative of "A Good American."The Brilliance of Bill BinneyAt the heart of this documentary lies Bill Binney, a brilliant cryptologist and long-time National Security Agency (NSA) analyst. His career at the NSA spanned several decades, during which he played a pivotal role in developing a revolutionary surveillance program known as ThinThread. Binney's vision was clear: to create a data-gathering system capable of providing real-time clues about potential terrorist threats, all while safeguarding the privacy of American citizens.ThinThread was a technological marvel, offering a powerful and effective means of intelligence gathering while respecting the principles of privacy and civil liberties. It was a far cry from the mass surveillance methods that would later be exposed by Edward Snowden. Built-in safeguards ensured that data collection would be targeted and lawful, only collecting information relevant to national security.Watch The Film HereWatch The Film HereThe Untimely Demise of ThinThreadHowever, the fate of ThinThread took a dark turn, one that would forever alter the landscape of mass surveillance. Just three weeks before the tragic events of 9/11, ThinThread was scrapped by NSA management. The question that begged an answer was, why? And who were the key players in this decision? "A Good American" sheds light on this sinister turn of events and unravels the intricate web of interests that led to the downfall of ThinThread.The Human Cost of SurveillanceThrough interviews with key figures such as Jesselyn Radack, William Binney, Diane Roark, Kirk Wiebe, Thomas Drake, and Edward Loomis, the documentary humanizes the individuals involved in the ThinThread saga. It paints a vivid picture of the moral dilemmas faced by those within the NSA who knew that ThinThread could have prevented mass surveillance and the erosion of privacy rights. Their stories are a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by whistleblowers and truth-seekers in the name of justice and transparency.Watch The Film HereThe Parallel with the MGM Cybersecurity BreachAs we reflect on the riveting narrative of "A Good American," we can't help but draw parallels with the recent cybersecurity breach faced by MGM Resorts International. In both instances, vital information was at stake, and the decisions made by key stakeholders had far-reaching consequences.Much like the NSA's management's decision to discard ThinThread, MGM Resorts International had to grapple with the fallout of a massive cyberattack orchestrated by the hacking group Scattered Spider. The breach left MGM's systems inoperable for three days and raised concerns about data security and customer privacy.Conclusion: Lessons LearnedIn the age of surveillance and digital vulnerabilities, "A Good American" serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of protecting privacy rights and upholding transparency in intelligence operations. It challenges us to question the motives behind decisions made in the name of national security.The documentary leaves us with a thought-provoking message: the choices we make in the realm of cybersecurity have profound implications for our society. Whether it's the missed opportunity of ThinThread or the aftermath of the MGM cybersecurity breach, these events underscore the need for vigilance, accountability, and a steadfast commitment to safeguarding both national security and individual rights.Watch The Film Here
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Investigative LeadsOct. 25, 2023—At least some senior intelligence analysts, including some with decades of experience, seriously doubt the official narrative being offered by Israeli and American officials that says the Oct. 7 cross-border attack into Israel by Hamas operatives was the result of a “massive intelligence failure” by the Israeli agencies responsible.These intelligence analysts are saying that it is improbable-to-impossible that the Mossad and Shin Bet failed, first to detect any sign of the year-long preparation by Hamas for the attack, then failed to detect the penetration of the highly-surveilled border in some 17 or 18 locations and subsequent incursion, and then, took several hours to dispatch Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of any significant force into the area. All this is especially questionable as Hamas itself is known to be heavily penetrated by Israeli agents and informants; it is widely known that for a number of years, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu has, in the words of one intelligence specialist, “been in bed with Hamas,” bolstering its influence in Gaza as a bulwark against the Palestinian Authority as a way to sabotage any progress toward a two-state solution.In March 2019, Bibi stated: “Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and transferring money to Hamas. This is part of our strategy.” That policy has now abruptly ended as Netanyahu has turned on his tool Hamas, announcing a “war of vengeance,” as Netanyahu himself is calling it, to eradicate Hamas, with the unleashing of a genocidal bombardment of Gaza that has already slaughtered nearly 6,000 Palestinians, including women and children, far more than the 1,400 Israelis who were killed, many in brutal and savage attacks, by Hamas in its Oct. 7 incursion into Israel.The specialists point to other anomalous events surrounding the Hamas attack:1. All along the border are many devices called “see and shoot”—high-resolution scanners that automatically trigger weapons fire. None of these devices were apparently triggered by Hamas and no weapons fired. Had any been fired, it would have sent a signal to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), who then should have immediately dispatched forces to the scene.2. The border is normally patrolled by specially deployed IDF units. Had the normal full contingent been in place, there is zero doubt that the Hamas incursion would have been identified as it was occurring. These units had apparently been redeployed to the West Bank to protect lunatic members of Bibi’s extremist religious party coalition members who provocatively make their homes in Palestinian settlements. That the full border patrol was not in place on Oct. 7, the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, cannot be an intelligence failure.3. A large number of casualties and Israeli hostages taken by Hamas were taken from the open-air Tribe of Nova music festival employing DJs and a very loud sound system. That a permit was given for this festival so close to the border raises some questions; that it was not given full military protection is unprecedented. A source familiar with such events in the area says that a request for protection is “SOP” (standard operating procedure).This confluence of events pointing to a deliberate stand-down of security screens and protocols is eerily similar to what occurred in the terror attack on the U.S. September 11, 2001. Some security specialists and intelligence analysts dispute the official narrative that the allegedly Al-Qaeda-planned and directed attack somehow slipped by U.S. intelligence screens. Instead, they point to actions taken by high-ranking military and intelligence officials, including the shutdown one month before the attack of a working NSA global screening program known as Thin Thread.The late statesman and presidential pre-candidate Lyndon LaRouche, analyzing the attacks as they occurred live that morning on a Salt Lake City radio program, stated that there was no way they could have occurred without the complicity of high-ranking figures in the U.S. political, military, and intelligence services. In a paper published later that year 2001, LaRouche identified these complicit forces as associated with the thinking of former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and his schemes [More Here] to manipulate the so-called Global Chessboard. The attacks, which also involved cooperation from Saudi-British linked operatives, were used as a pretext to launch a series of useless and endless wars in Southwest Asia, some of which continue to this day.In the Hamas/Israeli situation, any one of the clear breaches in standard protocols that should occur in such a highly security-conscious state as Israel should do more than raise eyebrows. That all should occur at once is unthinkable—without any intervention.Rather than being surprised by the attack, several specialists questioned whether Netanyahu, who is hated by a large percentage of the Israeli population for his blocking of a two-state peace settlement with the Palestinians, as agreed to by both sides in the Oslo Accords of 1993, had himself misdirected Israeli forces to allow the bloody incursion to take place.Before the Hamas attack, the scandal-ridden Prime Minister was already under pressure to resign because of his efforts to de-power the Israeli Supreme Court which would violate the Israeli Constitution by altering its powers. Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in the streets in protest.After the Hamas attack, Netanyahu immediately tried to unify the country around him by declaring war on Hamas. But his extermination campaign has intensified attacks on him world-wide, as well as from Israelis, thousands of whom continue to demonstrate against him.An expected Israeli ground offensive into Gaza is on hold, at the request of the United States, which claims it wants to seek a deal to free the more than 200 hostages taken by Hamas in its attack, some of whom are known to be Americans, being held in Gaza, some in underground tunnels. But the intelligence specialists say that Netanyahu would not have embarked upon this dangerous policy gambit without at least covert support from high echelons in the U.S. government and military.The Biden Administration and the neo-con war hawks who dominate its policy-making circles had suffered both military and political setbacks in their proxy war with Russia in Ukraine. The continuation of military aid and even more importantly, the flow of billions of dollars in cash to feed the corrupt Ukrainian government, was in jeopardy as an emerging majority in Congress appeared ready to block the latest spending bill. Now, in order to sneak it through, the billions of dollars in that bill are being bundled with “more popular” emergency aid for Israel. Thus, the interests of the corrupt Biden Administration coincided with the interests of the corrupt Bibi and his political flotsam and jetsam. As one former Israeli intelligence officer indicated, it is perfectly OK to state that the Hamas raid occurred as a result of a massive intelligence failure and that this must be investigated. But to even insinuate that there was complicity in deliberately orchestrating this tragedy brings the wrath of God down upon you.Nonetheless, that’s exactly what must be done. The case must be made and investigated, to uncover the truth. And if what is reported here is proven, there is no circle in hell hot enough for the perpetrators.
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In a world brimming with secrets and surveillance, the documentary "A Good American" peels back the layers of one man's extraordinary journey to protect his country while also exposing the chilling consequences of intelligence decisions. Directed by Friedrich Moser, this docu-thriller takes us on a gripping exploration of a groundbreaking surveillance program, the genius behind it, and the harrowing tale of how this alternative to mass surveillance was buried under layers of bureaucracy and corporate interests. Let's dive into the intricate narrative of "A Good American."The Brilliance of Bill BinneyAt the heart of this documentary lies Bill Binney, a brilliant cryptologist and long-time National Security Agency (NSA) analyst. His career at the NSA spanned several decades, during which he played a pivotal role in developing a revolutionary surveillance program known as ThinThread. Binney's vision was clear: to create a data-gathering system capable of providing real-time clues about potential terrorist threats, all while safeguarding the privacy of American citizens.ThinThread was a technological marvel, offering a powerful and effective means of intelligence gathering while respecting the principles of privacy and civil liberties. It was a far cry from the mass surveillance methods that would later be exposed by Edward Snowden. Built-in safeguards ensured that data collection would be targeted and lawful, only collecting information relevant to national security.Watch The Film HereWatch The Film HereThe Untimely Demise of ThinThreadHowever, the fate of ThinThread took a dark turn, one that would forever alter the landscape of mass surveillance. Just three weeks before the tragic events of 9/11, ThinThread was scrapped by NSA management. The question that begged an answer was, why? And who were the key players in this decision? "A Good American" sheds light on this sinister turn of events and unravels the intricate web of interests that led to the downfall of ThinThread.The Human Cost of SurveillanceThrough interviews with key figures such as Jesselyn Radack, William Binney, Diane Roark, Kirk Wiebe, Thomas Drake, and Edward Loomis, the documentary humanizes the individuals involved in the ThinThread saga. It paints a vivid picture of the moral dilemmas faced by those within the NSA who knew that ThinThread could have prevented mass surveillance and the erosion of privacy rights. Their stories are a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by whistleblowers and truth-seekers in the name of justice and transparency.Watch The Film HereThe Parallel with the MGM Cybersecurity BreachAs we reflect on the riveting narrative of "A Good American," we can't help but draw parallels with the recent cybersecurity breach faced by MGM Resorts International. In both instances, vital information was at stake, and the decisions made by key stakeholders had far-reaching consequences.Much like the NSA's management's decision to discard ThinThread, MGM Resorts International had to grapple with the fallout of a massive cyberattack orchestrated by the hacking group Scattered Spider. The breach left MGM's systems inoperable for three days and raised concerns about data security and customer privacy.Conclusion: Lessons LearnedIn the age of surveillance and digital vulnerabilities, "A Good American" serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of protecting privacy rights and upholding transparency in intelligence operations. It challenges us to question the motives behind decisions made in the name of national security.The documentary leaves us with a thought-provoking message: the choices we make in the realm of cybersecurity have profound implications for our society. Whether it's the missed opportunity of ThinThread or the aftermath of the MGM cybersecurity breach, these events underscore the need for vigilance, accountability, and a steadfast commitment to safeguarding both national security and individual rights.Watch The Film Here