The walls have ears … really

Do you think you can say things out of earshot? Maybe you can. Maybe you cannot.

If you think you can, then perhaps you need to tune in to a two-part Frontline special set to air May 13 and May 20 on Panhandle PBS. It might persuade you to perhaps be a bit more circumspect about what you say and to whom you say it … no matter how innocent it may be.

Frontline’s special series is called “The United States of Secrets” and it will look at the post-9/11 world inside the world’s most powerful nation.

Frontline is the award-winning product of Boston-based WGBH-TV and PBS. “The United States of Secrets” airs its first part on May 13. It is produced and directed by Michael Kirk, who shook up the NFL with “League of Denial.”

It will examine “The Program,” enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The first installment looks at President Bush’s enhanced surveillance program designed to track down the type of terrorist activity that led to the tragic events of 9/11. It tracks the program to the present day and the leaks of classified information by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked the documents and has since fled to Russia, where he remains under temporary asylum.

On May 20, Frontline will broadcast the second part of the series that looks at the role that Silicon Valley, Calif., high-tech companies play in the continued surveillance of Americans. The second part is produced and directed by Martin Smith, whose earlier work for Frontline included “The Untouchables,” the story of how Wall Street investors caught in trading scandals have avoided any prosecution. Frontline poses the question: How have the government and tech companies worked together to gather and warehouse your data?

PBS calls the landmark series “part political thriller and part spy novel.” Indeed, the network labels it the “definitive history of domestic surveillance in a post-9/11 world.”

This series is likely to cement Frontline’s place as a history-making documentary program.


For more information on the series, take a look at this link.


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