I am James Bamford, one of the journalists investigating the NSA. AMA.
I’ve been covering the National Security Administration for three decades, and I’ve written three books and many articles about the agency. I served in the Navy and have a law degree from Suffolk University. I just wrote a cover story for Wired magazine about the NSA’s preparations for cyberwar. At the heart of that story is the director of the agency, Keith Alexander. He’s the four-star general who is the quiet force behind the surveillance programs that hit the news this week. But spying on people’s phone calls, emails, web searches, and social media streams is just one element of Alexander’s job. It goes so much deeper.