Internationally Renowned Journalist on “Tapping into Lebanon”

The Departments of Communication Arts, English, Humanities and Social Sciences have the pleasure of inviting you to a talk by internationally renowned journalist, Mr. James Bamford. 

Title: “Tapping into Lebanon: The National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, and Eavesdropping on the Middle East”. 

When: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 11:00 a.m

Where: Irwin B & C (Beirut) with video-conferencing in Science 607 (Byblos)

Why should you be there?

 Lebanon is half the world away from Washington DC, but does distance matter in the age of mass surveillance, when most of the world’s communications pass through the U.S. or one of its eavesdropping partners? How does the NSA tap into Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East? What role does Israel play? And is Lebanon vulnerable to NSA’s newest weapon, cyber warfare? Having written three books on the NSA, and having spent three days in Moscow last summer interviewing Edward Snowden (the former NSA employee who stole over a million secret documents and is now a fugitive from the U.S. in Moscow), Mr. Bamford will provide fresh and penetrating insights into these crucial questions that impact our lives.

James Bamford is a columnist for Foreign Policy Magazine and a US bestselling author, journalist, and documentary producer. He is widely noted for his writing about the United States intelligence agencies, especially the highly secretive National Security Agency. The New York Times has called him “the nation’s premier journalist on the subject of the National Security Agency.” And in a lengthy profile, The New Yorker referred to him as “the NSA’s chief chronicler.” His most recent book, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA From 9/11 to The Eavesdropping on America, became a New York Times bestseller and was named by The Washington Post as one of “The Best Books of the Year.” It is the third in a trilogy by Mr. Bamford on the NSA, following The Puzzle Palace (1982) and Body of Secrets (2001), also New York Times bestsellers.