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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

No Place To Hide: One Book To Read (A book review)

Amazon published a book review I wrote this morning:
This review is from: No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (Hardcover)

If you're interested in the subject of warrantless surveillance, big data collection by secret government intelligence agencies, the three-letter groups (for example FBI, CIA, NSA); and if you're interested in the legal minefields where whistleblowers, journalists, hackers, leakers and publishers find themselves everyday risking their lives, their careers and their freedom for principles and maybe "moral imperatives"; and if you only have time to read one book on all these subjects: this book by Glenn Greenwald, "No Place to Hide" -- is the one for you! The last chapter, "The Fourth Estate" is worth the cost of the book all by itself. It is a brilliant, insightful analysis of the media, the relationship between media and government aiding and abetting a propaganda machine that would make even Goebbels flush with envy. This book takes the reader behind the scenes, before Edward Snowden turned over documents to the Guardian newspaper, leading up to the meetings with Snowden, to publishing the materials and then through the subsequent smear campaign and personal attacks Greenwald received from fellow colleagues, fellow “journalists” that came immediately afterwards. I recommend this book to anyone interested in secrecy, the government and threats to civil liberties; you need this one in your collection.

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