United States of Secrets, Part One (full documentary) | FRONTLINE

United States of Secrets, Part One (full documentary) | FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the U.S. government’s massive and controversial secret surveillance program that began in the wake of September 11 — and the lengths they went to trying to keep it hidden from the public. (Aired 2014)

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From the investigative team behind FRONTLINE’s award-winning “Money, Power & Wall Street,” comes the definitive history of domestic surveillance in a post-9/11 world. In part one of this two part series, FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk pieces together the secret political history of “The Program,” which began in the wake of Sept. 11 and continues today — even after the revelations of its existence by Edward Snowden.

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50 Comments

  1. artur torini on September 22, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    USA, abandon all hope. The time has come to pay for all the damage you have done to the peoples of the world. USA and lackeys of Europe, in this life everything is paid: now they have to suffer, but much, much much.

  2. Jeff Hahn on September 22, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Alphabet agencies…welcome to 1984

  3. Rocío Aguilera on September 22, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Totalitarian regimes do the same. Incredible that this’s done in "the land of the free and the home of the brave"

  4. alex on September 22, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    "I didn’t sleep one second for the next 16 hours."

    Cool bro. Seems important.

  5. Keith Townsend on September 22, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Bush’s have been in with the NWO & are the 2 biggest criminals in America, along with Chaney.

  6. Daniel Steffener on September 22, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    They need to leave me alone

  7. MrOramato on September 22, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Fast Forward to September 21, 2022 and Marrek Garland has turned the FBI on anyone who supports Biden’s Opponents. Now that we have SECRET COURTS WITH A CORRUPT LYING FBI, what protection is there against the Republic.

  8. Bobby T on September 22, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    I dont scare easy but my brother works for the NSA. And yes i love him and miss him often. But he and what he must know scares me. He left forever when i was very young and never comes back now. He and the rest i lost when my mom died. There loss 100 % i worshipped his abilities long ago. I am the youngest in family. He is the oldest.But i do hope he is happy with his beautiful daughter and his 3rd wife. And all his millions but i always thought he would have my back.Not monetarilly i am good that way. My mistake. But i really would like to see the wreckage from the 9-11 bombing of the NSA.

  9. Ghasem Yarahmadi on September 22, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    BE 3WAR SOON MRRRR BY ME AND SUN NUCLER GOD WAN YOU UNDESAND 2022 ITS LAST DAY OF THES INVESGTION IAM BRING TO GULTY CULTURE INSID THAT DEP THA ARE BEHND MY INFO MISSION WHICH COST CRMIE 8 YEAR BE WORLD BREAKING NEWS WAT IS GOING HAPPEN TO THAT CULTURE INSID DEP COUNTRY TH ARE TODAY2022 SEPTMBER 23 BE 3WAR

  10. Keith Nowak on September 22, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Its good that the program was discontinued and we celebrated Snowden as the hero he is!

  11. Ghasem Yarahmadi on September 22, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    BE 3WAR SOON MRRRR BY ME AND SUN NUCLER GOD WAN YOU UNDESAND 2022 ITS LAST DAY OF THES INVESGTION IAM BRING

  12. Christo60 on September 22, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Man why u play this crazy sound all the time

  13. alienworldsincolor facebook on September 22, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    at 6:51 6:63 look up at the clouds, huge spaceships edges sticking out of these fake clouds. also i discovered how to see these craft using certain cameras and computers, these are well cloaked ships and i have 1,300 high quality in color up close!

  14. Sunborn Arizonan on September 22, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. America will fall because of it’s own immorality, decadence, ignorance and arrogance combined. Historians have all said America will never fall from an external enemy. It will be an enemy from within. I believe here and now in 2022. That enemy is actively working toward their goals in America. In government and private sectors.

  15. StupidShetHead on September 22, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    14:56 Jordan Peterson voice

  16. Kevin Wilson jr on September 22, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    And The pos in office currently

  17. Kelly Wicka on September 22, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Cover up ment…

  18. Umberto Flocco on September 22, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    When the government gets to far from the people,then the people should take over….. still waiting.

  19. Mike Riyahi on September 22, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    No body had the mind to perform such complicated operation but america herself no arab mind was involved

  20. OGKB seeker on September 22, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    I feel so bad for Edward Loomis. That poor man. That weight of those deaths, I’ve been in tears over letting someone down, but I could never imagine having all those deaths happen on your watch.

  21. alex on September 22, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    "His hope was Obama would be a force for transparency…"

    Really? You think he thought that? Yea.. After figuring out everything he knew he had hope. 😂😂😂

  22. Real Montana on September 22, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    America always used a terror attack to change how they operate things in a America.. America was the terrorist in 9/11 im sorry but it’s true

  23. Word to Mouth on September 22, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    From the president on all felons all criminals all should be in jail.But that will never happen why? because we don’t have the heart as a nation to do what’s right.

  24. Sean Kennedy on September 22, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Is this about Snowden?

  25. Marylou Tapia on September 22, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    I am a victim of this

  26. Stephan M on September 22, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    🔥 UFOs 🛸
    Demonic activity 🤔
    Consider the area
    Consider SPIRIT of Antichrist
    Consider Jesus’s return is near, where all the Believers in Christ, as well as those in the womb and young children will be called home.
    Consider the ones who witness aliens & UFOs (deny Jesus)
    Demonic activity anticipating the need to increase deceptions.

  27. Jack Ravan on September 22, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    10 billion a year … hmm… nice.

  28. 456swagger on September 22, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    A soap opera. More P.B.S. drama.

  29. freddy Flinston on September 22, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Only thing hurting Americans more than anything is Amerikkka itself

  30. Ronnie Williz on September 22, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    After watching Jason media vid about the mib it just makes it even more true and everyone in the comments are saying it’s a movie lol these things really happen the govt does hush ppl up an they are not here to help.

  31. black on September 22, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    so its illegal to expose the illegal activities of a draconian government

  32. MR. ONETHIRTYEIGHT on September 22, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    So is Snowden a true patriot or a neo-Nazi fascist? Where do we land on him these days? I sincerely have no clue about any of this shit.

  33. Kevin Burrell on September 22, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Most wicked country

  34. NJC LSX on September 22, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    And here we are worst off….

  35. Nicki Daisy Dandelion on September 22, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    The real actual stuff that is happening is meticulously concealed from anyone and whoever leaked that stuff out would have to fear for their lives. Most humans are greed apes.

  36. Nicholas Wideman on September 22, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    It was staged by Cia and most powerful people that’s why it happened without interruptions.

  37. Jason Bowman on September 22, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    we should have revolted when this came out and changed this country

  38. Jason Bowman on September 22, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    its easy to miss an event that your own rouge government has done. makes me so mad watching these idiots 9/11 was 100% an inside job.

  39. Beth Bartlett on September 22, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    That’s why 9/11 happened, for their greater controlling of the Public.

  40. X-ray mind on September 22, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Listening to Hayden defend this reminds me of gulliani’s defense of trump after the 2020 election that tells me a lot.

  41. alex on September 22, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    "… shocked the world."

    American 1: huh? Leave me alone and gimme my mah stamps.

    American 2: if you have nothing to hide why do you care? ‘Merica!

    American 3: Jesus loves you. God bless America.

    American 4: I have a dick. Eventhough I have a vagina, I have a dick. Why? Because I said so. If you disagree with me, you’re worse than a slave owner.

    American 5: why mom and dad?

    American 5(a): I’m going to make a difference. This is so unjust! (Eventually reverts to American 5)

  42. BumbleBeasting on September 22, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Why does some part of me believe theres more to this story then just terrorist?? Still i remember the story of the stolen money days before this and the so called conspiracy theory about the attack. I remember the uss cole bombing….i was blocks away when the first attack happened in the garage …. interesting time …fast forward to today and the soros conspiracy involved with this…trump , …epstein. macafee.. snowden….assange.. the pieces seem to be fitting more and more how the gvt is fighting itself the last few decades using propaganda ti turn usa citizens to one thinking or another…. kinda interesting when looking back at what gen xers are fighting for today except this time period the ppl are actually in the fight

  43. M Steen on September 22, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Propaganda at it’s finest. PBS biggest joke going

  44. MrOramato on September 22, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Hayden says “She was not cleared ….” But General, You are involved in an illegal operation, CONGRESS HAS NOT DECLARED WAR, so how do you get to “Presidential War Time Authority.”

  45. MrOramato on September 22, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    One thing is certain; Hayden raised his right and swore to tell the truth to Congress, AND THEN HE PROCEEDED TO LIE TO CONGRESS, AND WORSE, to the American People.

  46. Kevin Wilson jr on September 22, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Obama and Bush are the same Evil

  47. Miguel Mora on September 22, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    All of this based around the attacks of 9/11 and yet no mention of Israelis and the Mossad.

  48. Ozzie Crosby on September 22, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Explain building seven

  49. Derek Wall on September 22, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    i might catch a litte flak for saying this… BUT SNOWDEN IS A HERO IN MY OPINION. i am a lot more comfortable knowing for sure whether or not uncle sam is spying on us

  50. black on September 22, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    when are ppl gonna understand it was an inside job and its collateral was the well being of american citizens themselves

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