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        FRONTLINE: United States of Secrets | Whistleblower

        Discover why a former senior manager at the National Security Agency made the difficult decision to reveal aspects of a secret surveillance program to the press, in this media gallery adapted from FRONTLINE: United States of Secrets. Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Thomas Drake proposed that terrorists threatening America could be identified through a program that could gather international phone and email data but keep the identity of American citizens encrypted. After learning that the George W. Bush administration chose to implement the NSA program domestically with no privacy protection for Americans, Drake decided to join other government whistleblowers who questioned the legality of the program. This resource is part of the FRONTLINE collection.

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        Privacy Protections Stripped Away

        A senior manager at the National Security Agency learns that a data-collection program he had proposed to help fight terrorists was being implemented without protecting the privacy of American citizens.

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        Choosing to be a Whistle Blower

        Frustrated that his concerns about the unwarranted collection of communications data of American citizens were not being heeded, Thomas Drake decides to share unclassified information about the program with the press.

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        Facing the Consequences

        Thomas Drake is charged with violating espionage laws as a result of his decision to leak NSA program data to the press.

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