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A Good American

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Friedrich Moser

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About the Movie

"A Good American“ is a 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. Bill Binney was a brilliant cryptologist and long-time National Security Agency (NSA) analyst, since 1997 serving as Technical Director. 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 that? Friedrich Moser’s eye-opening and deeply disturbing documentary tells the complete story of Bill Binney and those, both inside the NSA and out, who backed ThinThread.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "A Good American" gets bogged down in details and personnel talk, but its subjects have an urgent narrative to tell. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Feb 2, 2017

Fresh: A cautionary tale of a man who sought to protect the world with an ingenious creation that could be used for ill as well as good. – Nick Schager, Variety, Feb 2, 2017

Fresh: Slow, quiet, and infuriating ... – Daphne Howland, Village Voice, Jan 31, 2017

Fresh: Intriguing but troubling ... – Phil Hoad, Guardian, Sep 22, 2016

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Customer Reviews

How 9/11 Could've Been Stopped

The amazing true story of how four NSA veterans and one House staffer nearly stopped the 9/11 attacks. THINTHREAD was a revolutionary digital network exploitation program that was killed three weeks before 9/11 in favor of a multibillion dollar, inside-the-Beltway boondoggle that never produced a single piece of intelligence. A film that will fascinate and anger.

Bill Binney & Co...

Thank you. I can only hope the American people finally come to their senses, I know I have. You'd think this would've been used as a slam dunk to put treasonous scumbags in jail, think again. Just show's how deep this infiltration of traitors really runs and how sinister human beings can be when they're this organized and committed to treachery. It doesn't end well, because when the piper comes callin for this collective scum to finally pay, another heinous false flag of even more epic proportions just lies in wait. I'm asahmed to be an American.

A Good American

An amazing documentary! Interesting and scary both at the same time. It shows the power, might, and intellectual genius behind the silent protectors of our country.

A Good American
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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