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United States of Secrets, Part One 1x115

“…an utterly thorough primer on what transpired that almost plays like a John Le Carre thriller, with remarkably candid interviews from participants on all sides.” — Variety

“…an exceptional documentary…The whole thing is worth watching.” — The Atlantic

“…a fine ticktock account of how we arrived at our current information collection quandary…” — The New York Times

2015 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award Winner

FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of how the U.S. government came to monitor and collect the communications of millions of people around the world—including ordinary Americans—and the lengths they went to as they tried to hide this massive surveillance program from the public. Part One (1 x 115′) goes inside Washington, DC and the NSA, piecing together the secret history of the unprecedented surveillance program that began in the wake of September 11 and continues today—even after the revelations of its existence by Edward Snowden.

Click here to view Part Two (1 x 54′). FRONTLINE explores the secret relationship between Silicon Valley and the NSA, and investigates how the government and tech companies have worked together to gather and warehouse your data. From the investigative team behind FRONTLINE’s award-winning Money, Power & Wall StreetUnited States of Secrets is the definitive history of domestic surveillance in a post-9/11 world. Part political thriller and part spy novel, the series is gripping viewing for those who want to understand the context of the Snowden affair—and what it means for the world.