Friedrich Moser
A good american
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A good american

Friedrich Moser

A good american

Bill Binney developed a ground-breaking surveillance program to intercept electronic signals without invading people’s privacy. Three weeks before 9/11, the program got cancelled: it was too cheap. His system would have been able to prevent the terrorist attack.

2015
100 min.
Austria
English
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

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Friedrich Moser
A good american
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Datasheet

Show
Direction
Friedrich Moser
Executive Production
Peter Janecek
Sound
Klaus Gartner
Distribution
DocsBarcelona Distribution
Screenplay
Friedrich Moser
Photography
Peter Jablonowski, Thomas Pöcksteiner
Editing
Jesper Osmund, Kirk von Heflin
Music
Christopher Slaski, Guy Farley
Synopsis

At the end of the Cold War, mathematician Bill Binney received an assignment to lead a team at the National Security Agency (NSA) to create a ground-breaking surveillance program. The program -ThinThread would be able to intercept any electronic signal, filter it according to goals and offer results in real time without invading people’s privacy.

The system was perfect; it only had one problem: it was too cheap. Three weeks before the attack on the Twin Towers, the program got cancelled. After 9/11, a policy of massive surveillance of citizens’ private communications started, and Binney left the NSA. His program could have prevented the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. His revelations about the way the most important information agency in the world works, unveil the political and economical web pulling the strings of our society.

About the direction
Friedrich Moser

Friedrich Moser

Director

Friedrich Moser was born in 1969 in Austria. He holds a university degree in history and German stud...

Awards and festivals

CPH:DOX
Denmark, 2015
DOC NYC
USA, 2015
Palm Springs IFF (Best film)
USA, 2015
IFF Rotterdam
Netherlands, 2015
Festival Millenium Bruxelles
Belgium, 2015
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