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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 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, unmanned drones, iris scans, and medical records while combing websites, email, phone records, and social media for resale to third parties, including US 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 US Constitution.
Heidi Boghosian is the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild. She cohosts Law and Disorder, broadcast on WBAI-FM in New York and over 40 stations nationwide. She is based in New York City.
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By Susie on 07-11-16
Prepare to Get Paranoid
Prepare to get paranoid: a directory of ways Americans can be and are spied upon. Even allowing for the threat of terrorism, it's a whomp upside the head to have it laid out like this. Story after story of innocents and dissenters being surveilled and accused. Is this what democracy looks like?
Everyone's a suspect, and we've seen what the government has considered worth watching, labor unions, and radical thinkers. Luckily, Heidi Boghosian didn't leave me with my hands thrown up, but with a sense that there are solutions to the spy state. We just need to be brave enough to make them happen.
Narrator Fred Sanders brings the gravitas this book needs.
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