Beirut's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR)

"Everyone’s a Target: NSA’s Mass Surveillance and Cyber Warfare in the Middle East" a lecture by  Dr. James Bamford

Date : 2 March 2015

Time: 5:30 PM

Place: College Hall, Auditorium B1 

Abstract:Since the revelations of Edward Snowden, there has been a great deal of discussion about NSA and domestic eavesdropping.  But except for Germany, there has been very little examination of NSA’s mass surveillance overseas.  In my talk I’ll take a close look at NSA’s eavesdropping on the Middle East, its long and close partnership with Israel, and the dangers of NSA’s growing arsenal of cyber weapons.  Much of my talk will be based on my three days with Ed Snowden in Moscow last summer, the longest any journalist has spent with him.

Bio: James Bamford is columnist for Foreign Policy Magazine as well as an American bestselling author, journalist, and documentary producer. He is widely noted for his writing about the United States intelligence agencies, especially the highly secretive National Security Agency. The New York Times has called him "the nation's premier journalist on the subject of the National Security Agency." And in a lengthy profile, The New Yorker referred to him as "the NSA's chief chronicler." His most recent book, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA From 9/11 to The Eavesdropping on America, became a New York Times bestseller and was named by The Washington Post as one of "The Best Books of the Year." It is the third in a trilogy by Mr. Bamford on the NSA, following The Puzzle Palace (1982) and Body of Secrets (2001), also New York Times bestsellers.

This past September he wrote a cover story for Wired magazine based on his three days in Moscow with fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the longest any journalist has spent with him there. In addition, he has written for the New York Review of Books, New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Harpers, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. In 2006, he won the National Magazine Award for Reporting, the highest honor in the magazine industry, for his writing in Rolling Stone on the war in Iraq. He also writes and produces documentaries for PBS, including The Spy Factory, based of his most recent book, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010. And he is currently working on a new documentary for PBS on cyber warfare, which is scheduled to air early next year.

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