The FRONTLINE Interview: Edward Loomis
- Aired: 05/13/2008
- Rating: NR
Edward Loomis worked as an NSA cryptologist from 1964 to 2001. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, Loomis unsuccessfully lobbied the agency to adopt a sophisticated data-collection program -- nicknamed "ThinThread" -- to monitor foreign Internet traffic going through the United States. Loomis told FRONTLINE that had ThinThread been in place before 9/11, the attacks may have been averted.
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