PBS America has acquired United States of Secrets, a three-part documentary about the United States government’s sprawling surveillance and national security programs that were set up post 9/11 and were recently revealed by Edward Snowden and The Guardian.
The three-parter, which PBS America said would air nightly from Tuesday June 17th at 10:15pm, was produced as part of the US PBS network’s current affairs strand Frontline and goes behind the facts that came to light from the Snowden leaks and explores how, after the events of 9/11, the US government set up these surveillance programs and the lengths they went to in order to keep them secret.
The first two parts features Michael Kirk exploring the history of the surveillance program, while part three follows Martin Smith investigating Silicon Valley’s connection to the NSA, and how the two had worked together on this highly classified surveillance operation. Across all three hours, Frontline interviews key people including Diane Roark; a staffer on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; as well as more than 60 whistleblowers, elected officials, journalists, intelligence insiders and cabinet officials.
“Through in-depth interviews with more than 60 whistleblowers, elected officials, journalists, intelligence insiders and cabinet officials, we have woven together the secret narrative that reveals the scale and scope of the government’s spying program”, said Michael Kirk. “We’ve gone deep inside the story, from what really happened at the NSA and the White House in the days after 9/11, through the Bush and Obama administrations, directly into the stunning revelations from Edward Snowden.”