The NSA Headquarters is a sprawling complex, with more than 30,000 employees tucked away within buildings scattered across a 325-acre site in Maryland. An army of security personnel protects the tightly-guarded facility against potential foreign and domestic threats, including a dedicated fire department and SWAT team, and its true scale and scope have been intentionally obscured from public view. But what exactly does the NSA do? This documentary attempts to answer this question, delving into the top-secret agency’s inner workings and shedding light on its shadowy practices.
Despite its secretive nature, the NSA’s programs have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, with some accusing the agency of overstepping its bounds and infringing upon the privacy rights of American citizens. This episode of the documentary zeroes in on the NSA’s controversial collection program, which has enabled it to spy on members of the public via the Internet, casting a light on the agency’s methods and exploring the impact of its actions on ordinary citizens. Don’t miss this fascinating exploration of one of America’s most secretive institutions.