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Spy Factory, The 1x57

In this production based on the newly released book by Jim Bamford, NOVA brings to light the modern technology underlying the National Security Agency’s ongoing hunt for information in the war on terror.  In the aftermath of 9/11, the NSA abandoned its long-held policy of spying only on enemies outside the country, shifting its attention instead on the global communications infrastructure that lies within the US border.  Through exploring the physics of these modern communications systems  — from fiber optics to satellite transmissions to vast wired networks — NOVA takes an exclusive look at exactly how our government is conducting its warrant-less operations.  Listening in on friend and foe alike, and combings through millions of emails an hour, NOVA is hot on the trail of the NSA as it traverses transatlantic cables  and taps into massive communications hubs.