Frontline set the table this past week with a thorough examination of how the United States began its intense surveillance program designed to catch potential acts of terror against this country.
It all began after the 9/11 attacks by Islamic terrorists on New York and Washington, D.C.
Tuesday night at 9, Frontline airs the second part of “The United States of Secrets” series with the story of how Silicon Valley became a focal point of surveillance after former contract worker Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the National Security Agency.
Snowden once worked for the NSA. He had access to mountins of classified information. He released a lot of it to the public, and then fled the country. He has been holeup in Russia for the past several months, seeking asylum just about anywhere but the United States of America. Justice Department officials are trying to bring him back and try him for crimes relating to the release of the classified information.
How does Silicon Valley — the home of the country's massive computer/telecommunications/electronics industry — get involved.
Privacy concerns have arisen in the wake of the Snowden revelations and whether Americans' privacy has been compromised by NSA snooping.
President Obama says no one's phone calls are being monitored if they're using their phones for routine purposes. Others aren't so sure. Silicon Valley — that area south of San Francisco — has been pulled into this discussion as the debate swirls over how computer firms seek to protect Americans from undue snooping by the government.
Frontline airs each week on Panhandle PBS. Take a look at Part 2 of this important series.
If you missed Part 1, here it is: