United States of Secrets

May 13 & May 20, 2014

How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans?

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United States of Secrets (Part One)How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans?
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United States of Secrets (Part Two)FRONTLINE investigates how Silicon Valley feeds the NSA's global dragnet.
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Live Chat: How Did the Government Come to Spy on Millions of Americans?

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Press Release | “United States of Secrets”: How the Government Came to Spy on Millions of Americans

In “United States of Secrets,” a two-part series airing May 13 & 20, FRONTLINE reveals the dramatic inside story of how the U.S. government came to monitor and collect the communications of millions of people around the world—and the lengths they went to trying to hide the massive surveillance program from the public.

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