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In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, the U.S. government has embraced new tools and new powers to track the movements of people within America's borders. While headlines about increased scrutiny may seem familiar, most Americans don't know the half of it. Government and the private sector are busily teaming up to create a surveillance society unlike the world has ever seen. This investigative documentary tells the story of the nation's quest to use data and surveillance technology as a magic bullet. Washington Post reporter Robert O'Harrow and ARW producer John Biewen take you behind the scenes to meet powerful but little-known data moguls, senior government officials, and ordinary people whose lives have been changed along the way.Producers: John Biewen and Robert O'Harrow
Editor: Deborah George
Host: Deborah Amos
Senior Producer: Sasha Aslanian
Project Manager: Misha Quill
Web Producer: Ochen Kaylan
Production Assistant: Ellen Guettler
Mixing: Craig Thorson
Executive Editor: Stephen Smith
Executive Producer: Bill Buzenberg

Major funding for American RadioWorks® comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the members of American Public Media.American RadioWorks is the national documentary unit of American Public Media.
©2005 American Public Media
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5 out of 5 stars
By Concerned on 03-22-16

Privacy....does it really exsist after 9-11?

I believe the book brings to light that we have much less privacy then we had in the past. The fact that we are leaving electronic trails for to be read and evaluated by "govermental authorities" no matter what we are doing in our everyday lives is absolutely astonishing. The question is clear in this complicated situation of increase security we in fact have to give up so much to promote a high level of monitoring to prevent attacks from other countries? Did we really think about the long term consequences of constant surveillance of our people in the United States. Also, how are we going to protect the information that we are gathering on our own society? If you think about it carefully...can we be providing valuble information to others that will inadvertently serve to destroy this great country? I feel that we have overestimated probability in this situation and decisions about surveillance should be made with extreme care.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Will on 01-16-05

Uber 1984

One George gave us a warning, another brings us the reality.
Big brother is watching you, MATRIX is on steroids. Any cop
walking a beat nows more about you than does your mother!

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