United States of Secrets
PRODUCED BY Michael Kirk, Jim Gilmore, Mike Wiser
WRITTEN BY Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser
DIRECTED BY Michael Kirk
May 13, 2014
transcript (in cache)
FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of the U.S. government's massive and controversial secret surveillance program--and the lengths they went to trying to keep it hidden from the public. Part one goes inside Washington to piece together the secret political history of "The Program," which began in the wake of Sept. 11 and continues today -- even after the revelations of its existence by Edward Snowden. Part two explores the secret relationship between Silicon Valley and the National Security Agency: How have the government and tech companies worked together to gather and warehouse your data?
Original english version
Deutsche Version: Die geheimen Staaten von Amerika
"[T]here is no reason, technologically, to sacrifice privacy for ability to catch bad guys. They are two separate things, separate, no need to mingle the two. There's no balance, there's no trade-off, no nothing. We can do both 100 percent." Quelle: Seite 11 von J. Kirk Wiebe, Frontline-Interview, 13 December 2013 (im Cache).
Former Department of Justice attorney Thomas Tamm uncovered evidence of the government's secret electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens, a discovery he later leaked to The New York Times. He spoke to FRONTLINE's Jim Gilmore on Dec. 11, 2013.
The United States Attorney General (A.G.) is the head of the United States Department of Justice per 28 U.S.C. ¤ 503, concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government. The attorney general serves as a member of the president's cabinet, and is the only cabinet officer who does not have the title of secretary.
The Attorney General is appointed by the President of the United States and takes office after confirmation by the United States Senate. He or she serves at the pleasure of the president and can be removed by the president at any time; the attorney general is also subject to impeachment by the House of Representatives and trial in the Senate for "treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors."
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