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James Bamford

James BamfordAKA V. James Bamford

Born: 15-Sep-1946
Birthplace: Atlantic City, NJ

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Puzzle Palace

Military service: US Navy (Vietnam)

Author of The Puzzle Palace, the definitive book on the NSA, which was published under dire threat in 1982 from the NSA.

For Bamford, there is only black and white when it comes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a 1978 law that specifically requires warrants for any NSA wiretapping of U.S. citizens. "If you want to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens, you go to court. If you don't, you go to jail," Bamford says. "If you want to change the law, you go to Congress."

    High School: New Jersey High School (1964)
    University: Suffolk University, Boston, MA
    Law School: JD, Suffolk University, Boston, MA (1975)
    Professor: UC Berkeley

    Electronic Privacy Information Center Advisory Board

    TELEVISION
    World News Tonight Washington investigative producer (1989-98)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    No End in Sight (22-Jan-2007) · Himself

Author of books:
The Puzzle Palace: A Report on NSA, America's Most Secret Agency (1982, nonfiction)
Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency (2001, nonfiction)
A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies (2004, nonfiction)


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