An explosive look at the domestic agencies charged with spying on all of us Given recent terrorist events in the U. Despite the cost, it has failed in its mission to identify new threats.
The Rise of America’s Surveillance State
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. Our surveillance state was born in the brain of Admiral John Poindexter in Poindexter poured government know-how and funds into his dream-a system that would sift reams of data for signs of terrorist activity. Decades later, that elusive dream still captivates Washington. After the attacks, Poindexter returned to government with a controversial program, called Total Information Awareness, to detect the next attack.
Today it is a secretly funded operation that can gather personal information on every American and millions of others worldwide. But the government can now spy on its citizens with an ease that was impossible-and illegal-just a few years ago.
Harris puts us behind the scenes and in front of the screens where twenty-first-century spycraft was born. We witness Poindexter quietly working from the private sector to get government to buy in to his programs in the early nineties.
We follow General Mike Hayden as he persuades the Bush administration to secretly monitor Americans based on a flawed interpretation of the law. When the next crisis comes, our government will inevitably crack down on civil liberties, but it will be no better able to identify new dangers. This is the outcome of a dream first hatched almost three decades ago, and The Watchers is an engrossing, unnerving wake-up call.
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Shane Harris writes about electronic surveillance, intelligence, and counterterrorism for National Journal. A sharply written, wise analysis of the complex mashup of electronic sleuthing, law, policy and culture. It tells the story of how, over the past two decades, U.
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