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A Good American

A fascinating documentary portrait of former National Security Agency analyst and brilliant mathematician William Binney, who developed a computer system called ThinThread, which he claims could have prevented the attacks in New York on September 11, 2001. The film traces Binney's personal and professional journey, including his data analysis during the Cold War, which allowed him to correctly predict the Soviet invasions of Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan. Following the first attacks on the Twin Towers in 1993, Binney began work on ThinThread, hoping that he could compile enough data to predict when another outrage might happen on American soil. Colleagues and senior staff members in the US administration offer their perspective on the project, which was sidelined by the then NSA director General Michael Hayden in favour of a disastrous rival system, Trailblazer.