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Odyssey of an Eavesdropper: My Life in Electronic Countermeasures and My Battle Against the FBI Hardcover – December 19, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (December 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786715464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786715466
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,832,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Modesty aside," says electronic surveillance expert Kaiser, "I was to the FBI, and the CIA, and the rest of the intel community, what 'Q'—the British Secret Service technical genius—was to James Bond." And Kaiser, who consulted on the 1998 film Enemy of the State, which he says is loosely based on his story, first made his name in the late 1950s and early '60s, when he helped develop a missile-directing system. Eventually he began making "bugs" for the FBI and CIA as well as private companies. But after his 1975 testimony before the House of Representatives about his work in government intelligence, the FBI, he says, came after him. He was indicted for illegal wiretapping and other crimes, and while he was acquitted on all charges, his business was ruined and he suffered an emotional breakdown that he attributes, in part, to childhood abuse. Kaiser ends the book with a chapter about the lack of privacy in America today—and while some of his warnings seem alarmist, his background will make readers of this compelling and sympathetic book (written with journalist and novelist Stokes) think twice.
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A book by a true insider . . . lurid details about spying by the Soviets, the FBI, and rogue ex-agents . . . Highly recommended. -- Library Journal, December 6, 2005

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I found it very hard to put down.
Sam Reaves
If you care about the high-handed violations of legitimate civil rights in America by those who think they are above our laws, this is a must read.
Tom Paine
The book is also detailed with awesome technical knowledge of Eavesdroppers and Countermeasure applications.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tom Paine on December 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a classic American David and Goliath tale of the little guy who dares to confront the FBI and not only survive (at great cost) to tell his story, but also be vindicated by the truth.

Marty Kaiser was--and still is--a legend in the nation's electronic "black ops" community. Once regarded as the "Michaelangelo of Electronic Surveillance," he was the genius "go-to" guy for U.S. Intelligence services in the late l960s and 1970s. He was the electronics surveillance master who designed and created exotic transmitters the size of a fingernail that the FBI used to bug terrorists, politicians, innocent citizens and, among other things, gather dirt on a well-known civil rights leader and other political/social "heretics."

Then Kaiser made a huge mistake--he told the truth before a Congressional committee investigating his main employer, the FBI. The result was a scandal that rocked the Bureau and led to the dismissal or forced retirement of several high ranking FBI officials. The Bureau retaliated by blackballing Kaiser from the Intel community and nearly driving his private company into bankruptcy. Two years later they indicted him on charges of bugging two FBI agents, but he was acquitted. The two agents, with plenty of backing, then filed a civil suit that nearly ruined Kaiser with crushing legal fees and the torment of constant harassment.

Kaiser's story doesn't stop there. He also recounts illegal eavesdropping on American citizens by the NSA, FBI and CIA that's been going on for decades--all before the Patriot Act.

If you care about the high-handed violations of legitimate civil rights in America by those who think they are above our laws, this is a must read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol I. Hoenig on February 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Our government has many patriotic symbols. For instance, the CIA seal signifies strength, alertness, defense and intelligence. Every color and symbol on the FBI seal also has a special significance, the dominant blue representing justice. When Michael German was an FBI agent and discovered the mishandling of a terror investigation going on in Florida, he reported it to his boss. Instead of using the information for the protection of our country, German was ridiculed and retaliated by the bureau. When Joseph Wilson reacted to the inaccurate sixteen words that President Bush incorporated in his State of the Union address, Wilson's Central Intelligent Agent wife, Valerie Plame, was outed--by who exactly is still being determined. After being with the FBI for twenty-four years, Jane Turner was escorted from her office for complaining about various wrongdoings of her agency. Of course these people knew the risk having this type of career, but it is unlikely that they thought their own government agency, characterized by the heraldry of the aforementioned seal, would be the one to turn against them.

Unlike the previous names, Martin Kaiser III was not an agent but a businessman who had a successful career in electronic surveillance. His clients included the CIA, DEA, Secret Service, Army, Navy, Air Force Intelligence and the FBI. Kaiser's business was lucrative until his 1975 testimony before the House of Representatives proved to nearly ruin his life and career.

In ODYSSEY OF AN EAVESDROPPER: My Life in Electronic Countermeasures and My Battle Against the FBI, (Carroll & Graf, January 10, 2006) Kaiser, along with co-author Robert S.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James M. Atkinson on November 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
During the Summer of 1966 an electronics genius accidently stumbled into the intelligence business and virtually over night became a legend within the halls of the FBI, CIA, and intelligence agencies all over the globe. This book is the memoirs of Martin L. Kaiser, known also simply as "Marty". His little black boxes has brought down entire governments or administrations, and even almost 40 years in the business his products are as revered and sought after as Holy Relics. For the first time ever an insider who supplied classifed bugs for decades comes in from the cold, and exposes the soft underbelly of corruption within the CIA, NSA, and FBI. Hollywood has even produced two movies about this quiet genius without actually mentioning him by name. But now the governments secrets are out of the bag, and this book lays them bare. The book is filed from cover to cover with explicit details of how the intelligence agencies operate, how they buy their toys, how their little games are played, and what happens to people to expose corruption.

The author also discusses his consulting work for everal movies including "The Conversation" and "Enemy of the State", both of which are based on his life. We also get to share both his joy, and his pain in this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Surveillance Tech on December 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Excellent reading,Marty has always produced a quality product electronically,and now in print.Reading the story of an icon in the electronic surveillance and electronic countermeasures community was informative and enjoyable.Sometimes we hear little of those working behind the scenes that make a positive difference in todays society.

Two thumbs up!
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