The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Feb 18, 2010 - Political Science - 432 pages
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An explosive look at the domestic agencies charged with spying on all of us

Given recent terrorist events in the U.S. and the document leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Watchers is more timely than ever, drawing on access to political and operational insiders to create a brilliant exposé of why and how the American government spies on its own citizens. Born in the wake of the 1983 massacre of 241 Marines in Beirut, the domestic surveillance program introduced by Ronald Reagan's national security advisor, John Poindexter, to coordinate intelligence on terrorists has claimed billions of government dollars. Despite the cost, it has failed in its mission to identify new threats. But as Harris shows, it has provided the government with a tool for the electronic surveillance of Americans that has ushered in an age of constitutionally questionable intrusion into the lives of every citizen.
  

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User Review  - Josh - Goodreads

It's interesting how much of the Snowden leaks this book covered... Read full review

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User Review  - Erik - Goodreads

I thought it was interesting, but more of a brief biography on John Poindexter and how all this got started. Still enjoyed it, though. Read full review

Contents

OCTOBER 23 1983
PROLOGUE
FIRST STRIKE
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
AND HE SHALL PURIFY
UNODIR
A CONSTANT TENSION
THE GENOA PROJECT
SHIPS PASSING IN THE NIGHT
FULL STEAM AHEAD
THE UNRAVELING
GOING BLACK
BASKETBALL
RESURRECTION
THE BREAKTHROUGH
EXPOSED

THE NEXT GENERATION
THE CHINA EXPERIMENT
ABLE DANGER
YOU GUYS WILL GO TO JAIL
ECHO
THE BAG
ALL HANDS ON DECK
CALL TO ARMS
FEED THE BAG
REASONABLE BELIEFS
BETRAYAL
BOJINKA II
INHERIT THE WINDS
ASCENSION
RENEGADE
EPILOGUE
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Shane Harris writes about electronic surveillance, intelligence, and counterterrorism for National Journal.

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