“A Good American” Surveillance Doc Available Now from Collective Eye Films

Collective Eye Films has recently released A Good American (DVD: public libraries: $50; schools: $125 [$295 w/PPR], www.collectiveeye.org), director Friedrich Moser’s gripping docu-thriller about a groundbreaking surveillance program, the brilliant mastermind behind it, and how a perfect alternative to mass surveillance was killed by NSA management for money—three weeks prior to 9/11. Brilliant cryptologist and long-time National Security Agency analyst Bill Binney developed a sophisticated program named ThinThread for gathering data capable of providing clues—in real-time—of potential terrorist threats. Built-in safeguards would have prevented the massive surveillance methods later exposed by Edward Snowden. Why was this program killed off? And who was behind it? The film provides a chilling account of those willing to go on the record and what happened to them when they tried to expose the truth. [Note: the film is also available for individuals from most distributors from Gravitas Ventures for $16.99.]