A GOOD AMERICAN

By Friedrich MOSER

SLINGSHOT FILMS - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2015

The perfect alternative to surveillance, the brilliant mind behind it and a blatant betrayal - this is the story of how our freedom was sold for money.

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& Awards

CPH DOX 2015
Politiken Audience Award
NYC DOC 2015
Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • AUSTRIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Friedrich MOSER
    • Writer(s)
    • Friedrich MOSER, Michael SEEBER, Jesper OSMUND
    • Producer(s)
    • Friedrich MOSER (blue+green communication), Micheal SEEBER (blue+green communication)
    • Synopsis
    • After the end of the Cold War the best codebreaker the US ever had together with a small team within NSA starts to develop a revolutionary surveillance program. It can pick up any electronic signal on earth, filter it for targets, render results in real time and all of it without invading privacy and sticking to the US constitution. The program is perfect ñ except for one detail: itís too low cost. Therefor the tax dollar hungry NSA management dumps it ñ three weeks prior to 9/11. When in the aftermath of the attack NSA starts ist mass surveillance of Americans, the codebreaker leaves the agency. A friend takes over and manages to revive the program in early 2002, for a test-run against the biggest NSA-data collection, based on the data known prior to 9/11. As he turns on the program immediately pop up the terrorists. NSAís response: Completely shut the program down! This is the story of Bill Binney, a program called ThinThread and how the perfect alternative to mass surveillance was ditched by NSA for money.
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