Talk:James Bamford

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Unlike David Kahn, author of The Codebreakers, there is no evidence that Bamford was ever in physical danger.

What's this about? Bluey 12:53, 2 November 2005 (UTC)

James Bamford

James Bamford is an expert on the highly secretive National Security Agency. His recent book, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA From 9/11 to The Eavesdropping on America, on which NOVA's "The Spy Factory" was based became a New York Times best-seller and was named by The Washington Post as one of "The Best Books of 2008." It is third in a trilogy by Bamford on the NSA, following The Puzzle Palace (1982) and Body of Secrets (2002), also a New York Times bestseller. Bamford has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley as a distinguished visiting professor and has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Harpers, and many other publications. In 2006, he won the National Magazine Award for Reporting for his piece "The Man Who Sold The War," published in Rolling Stone. A native of Massachusetts, Bamford served as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, and he later used the GI Bill to earn his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Cableknitpower (talk) 02:17, 27 October 2011 (UTC)


FWIW, there is a free image available: Image:James Bamford 16A.jpg. I can't say for a moment that it is as good as the image currently in the article, but I believe policy now is that we should use the free image if there is one available. - Jmabel | Talk 02:24, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

A web page at gives a different birthplace for Mr. Bamford. It also lists his fuller name as V. James Bamford. Can anyone provide a citation for his birthplace actually being Natick Massachusetts? —Preceding unsigned comment added by LeximaticaPrime (talkcontribs) 11:37, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Copyright problem[edit]


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James Bamford I would like to add more about James Bamford but most of the sources that I can find are interviews ( NPR) or reviews of his books (same criticism of bias) or articles that he has written. Credibility seems to be an issue. In his article for the "Rolling Stone," Bamford accuses John Rendon of hatching a PR campaign to justify the US invading Iraq. He explains that Rendon, a leader in the strategic field known as "perception magaement", manipulates information and the news media to achieve his desired outcome. Bamford gives details of how JUdith Miller of the NYTimes was duped into believing "credible sources" confirming Weapons of Mass Destruction. ( I recently watched the documentary Front Page of the NYTimes in which Judith Miller discusses this incident.) I didn't inlcude this in the Wiki article because Bamford is making accusations against Rendon. This isn't allowed under the Wiki guidelines for BLP ( biographies of living persons.) In an interview Bamford calls himself an expert on the NSA ( National Security Administration.) He sees himself as a whistleblower on the NSA's lpractise of eavesdropping without warrants. He also is critical of the US governments practise of data mining. I did not add much to this article excepts facts because much of this article had been reverted because of copyright violations. In Wikipedia's guide about writing articles on living persons, there is a warning that one should not write articles about oneself. I couldn't decide if writing an article gleaned from interviews fell into this grey zone..... Cableknitpower (talk) 15:23, 30 October 2011 (UTC) Cableknitpower (talk) 20:43, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Notability of individual books[edit]

Are any of his books notable enough to get their own pages or should they be merged and redirected here? --Ifnord (talk) 17:04, 16 January 2012 (UTC)