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CIRCLE AWARD

A Good American

FRIEDRICH MOSER
Austria, 2015
100 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Friedrich Moser and subject William Binney

William (Bill) Binney, the "good American" of this film's title, will likely look familiar: We first met this genius code-breaker and NSA whistleblower in the Edward Snowden profile Citizenfour. Friedrich Moser's documentary gives the thoughtful Binney his own forum, and his message is devastating. The attacks of 9/11 could have been prevented but for the fog of bureaucracy, or what the Guardian called "a lethal cocktail of incompetence, arrogance and greed…. Moser join[s] the dots just as Binney might connect his metadata." ThinThread, the surveillance program on which Binney worked, could pick up any electronic signal on earth and filter it for targets while protecting the privacy the Constitution demands. The agency, however, chose to commission a different, more costly system from the private sector; weeks before 9/11, ThinThread was decommissioned. When it was brought back too late, it functioned very well—to spy on American citizens.—Various sources

CIRCLE AWARD

A Good American

FRIEDRICH MOSER
Austria, 2015
100 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Friedrich Moser and subject William Binney

William (Bill) Binney, the "good American" of this film's title, will likely look familiar: We first met this genius code-breaker and NSA whistleblower in the Edward Snowden profile Citizenfour. Friedrich Moser's documentary gives the thoughtful Binney his own forum, and his message is devastating. The attacks of 9/11 could have been prevented but for the fog of bureaucracy, or what the Guardian called "a lethal cocktail of incompetence, arrogance and greed…. Moser join[s] the dots just as Binney might connect his metadata." ThinThread, the surveillance program on which Binney worked, could pick up any electronic signal on earth and filter it for targets while protecting the privacy the Constitution demands. The agency, however, chose to commission a different, more costly system from the private sector; weeks before 9/11, ThinThread was decommissioned. When it was brought back too late, it functioned very well--to spy on American citizens.--Various sources


Sunday, April 17
5:15 PM
$13.00
Monday, April 18
6:30 PM
$13.00

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William Binney (Subject)

William Binney is a former NSA intelligence official turned whistleblower who – to protest the agency's growing domestic surveillance – resigned in 2001 after almost 40 years, including for a time as director of the NSA's World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group. During the George W. Bush administration Binney was a high-profile critic of his former employer, and throughout the Obama presidency he has continued to speak out about the NSA's data collection policies. He routinely gives interviews to the media regarding his experiences with and his views on the U.S. surveillance state.

democracynow.org

Friedrich Moser (Director/Co-producer/Writer/Cinematographer)

Friedrich holds a university degree (MA) in history and German studies from the University of Salzburg in Austria. Moser started his professional career as a TV journalist and editor in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy. In 2001 he founded a film production company in Vienna, Austria, called blue+green communication; it produces cinema and broadcast documentaries for the international market, focusing on current affairs, nature, science, and history. Since 1999 Moser has written, directed, shot, and produced over 20 documentaries. His professional career also includes lecturing on history and documentaries, as well as teaching video production.

blueandgreen.info