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Spying on Democracy

Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, And Public Resistance

By Heidi. Boghosian

"Everyone of us is under the omniscient magnifying glass of the government and corporate spies. . . . How do we respond to this smog of surveillance? Start by reading Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance by Heidi Boghosian"--Bill Moyers

"With ex-CIA staffer Edward Snowden’s leaks about National Security Agency surveillance in the headlines, Heidi Boghosian’s Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance feels especially timely. Boghosian reveals how the government acquires information from telecommunications companies and other organizations to create databases about 'persons of interest.'” -- Publishers Weekly

"Heidi Boghosian's Spying on Democracy is the answer to the question, 'if you're not doing anything wrong, why should you care if someone's watching you?'"—Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU and former FBI agent

Until the watershed leak of top-secret documents by Edward Snowden to the Guardian UK and the Washington Post, most Americans did not realize the extent to which our government is actively acquiring personal information from telecommunications companies and other corporations. As made startlingly clear, the National Security Agency (NSA) has collected information on every phone call Americans have made over the past seven years. In that same time, the NSA and the FBI have gained the ability to access emails, photos, audio and video chats, and additional content from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, YouTube, Skype, Apple, and others, allegedly in order to track foreign targets.

In Spying on Democracy, National Lawyers Guild Executive Director Heidi Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and to the future of democracy itself. Boghosian reveals how technology is being used to categorize and monitor people based on their associations, their movements, their purchases, and their perceived political beliefs. She shows how corporations and government intelligence agencies mine data from sources as diverse as surveillance cameras and unmanned drones to iris scans and medical records, while combing websites, email, phone records and social media for resale to third parties, including U.S. intelligence agencies.

The ACLU's Michael German says of the examples shown in Boghosian's book, "this unrestrained spying is inevitably used to suppress the most essential tools of democracy: the press, political activists, civil rights advocates and conscientious insiders who blow the whistle on corporate malfeasance and government abuse." Boghosian adds, “If the trend is permitted to continue, we will soon live in a society where nothing is confidential, no information is really secure, and our civil liberties are under constant surveillance and control.” Spying on Democracy is a timely, invaluable, and accessible primer for anyone concerned with protecting privacy, freedom, and the U.S. Constitution.

Heidi Boghosian is the Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild. She co-hosts Law and Disorder, broadcast on WBAI-FM in New York and over forty stations nationwide. She is based in New York City.


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2013

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0872865991


Format: Book
Author: Boghosian, Heidi.
Summary: "Personal information contained in your emails, phone calls, GPS movements and social media is a hot commodity, and corporations are cashing in by mining and selling the data they collect about our private lives. "Spying on Democracy" reveals how the government acquires and uses such information to target those individuals and/or groups it deems threatening"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Spying on democracy : government surveillance, corporate power, and public resistance / Heidi Boghosian ; foreword by Lewis Lapham.
Publisher Date: San Francisco, CA : City Lights PBooks, [2013]
Subject: Liberty Civil rights -- United States Privacy, Right of -- United States Electronic surveillance -- United States Intelligence service -- United States National security -- United States Terrorism -- United States -- Prevention POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security. POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights. LAW / Civil Rights. POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence.
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Format: Book
Author: Boghosian, Heidi.
Summary: "Personal information contained in your emails, phone calls, GPS movements and social media is a hot commodity, and corporations are cashing in by mining and selling the data they collect about our private lives. "Spying on Democracy" reveals how the government acquires and uses such information to target those individuals and/or groups it deems threatening"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Spying on democracy : government surveillance, corporate power, and public resistance / Heidi Boghosian ; foreword by Lewis Lapham.
Publisher, Date: San Francisco, CA : City Lights PBooks, [2013]
Description: 349 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Series: Open media series
Series: Open Media book
Subjects: Liberty
Subjects: Civil rights -- United States
Subjects: Privacy, Right of -- United States
Subjects: Electronic surveillance -- United States
Subjects: Intelligence service -- United States
Subjects: National security -- United States
Subjects: Terrorism -- United States -- Prevention
Subjects: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security.
Subjects: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights.
Subjects: LAW / Civil Rights.
Subjects: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence.
LCCN: 2013020347
ISBN: 0872865991
ISBN: 9780872865990
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