A Good American

  • 100'
  • Austria
  • 2015
He is known as America’s best codebreaker and Bill Binney is still shocked every time he sees footage of the Twin Towers burning. Then he explains what preceded that. How, as a smart mathematician, he eavesdropped on the Russians during the Cold War and went on to form a small team at the NSA that found a solution to the digital data explosion the agency was overwhelmed by. A solution the NSA’s directors ignored, enabling - so say Binney and former staff - the 9/11 terrorists to do their worst.
A Good American reveals itself as a stylishly visualised documentary thriller that is at least as disturbing as Edward Snowden’s story. More than computers and data, this is about arrogance, morals and privacy. Binney, now a whistleblower, resigned after 9/11 and is still angered by the fact that the NSA ran roughshod over the values he upheld.
Director
Friedrich Moser
Country of production
Austria
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
100'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Friedrich Moser, Michael Seeber
Production Company
blue+green communication
Sales
Slingshot Films
Cinematography
Friedrich Moser
Editor
Kirk von Heflin, Jesper Osmund
Music
Christopher Slaski, Guy Farley
Cast
Bill Binney, Bill Binney
Website
http://agoodamerican.org