- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Feral House; 1st edition edition (October 30, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0922915636
- ISBN-13: 978-0922915637
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Snitch Culture: How Citizens are Turned into the Eyes and Ears of the State Paperback – October 30, 2000
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That is the key question Jim Redden poses in his alarming study of the growing "Snitch Culture" that has pervaded the American justice system since the founding of our nation. "Snitch Culture...How Citizens are Turned into the Eyes and Ears of the State" is an in-depth look at the way various government agencies, including the FBI, CIA, District Attorney, and local police departments routinely employ the services of third-party informants to identify and prosecute those suspected of wrongdoing. The only problem is, most of these informants are they themselves criminals, volunteering information in exchange for reduced prison sentences or, sometimes, financial rewards. The fear of jail time or the lure of riches is often enough to entice the informant to find someone, anyone, to accuse of committing an illegal act - even a complete stranger. These ulterior motives harbored by the ever-increasing population of government-sponsored snitches are enough to challenge the way we dispense criminal justice in the United States.
But it doesn't end there. Oftentimes, private corporations and politically-oriented non-profit organizations (such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center) also employ a large number of informants to serve their internal interests.Read more ›
These are truly disturbing revelations that Redden admirably brings to light. Unfortunately this book has a severe flaw, in that Redden cannot draw the line between those types of informing that are constructive and non-constructive for society. We should be shocked at political surveillance of people who are exercising their First Amendment rights, but when it comes to criminals the issue is far murkier than Redden implies.Read more ›
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A wake up call for everybody. A very important facts and explanations exposed. The snitch culture is real. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ars
My saying is very simple. If you're not paranoid you are not living in the real world! There is a world out there that even people who rage about the system of things may not be... Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by moises nadal
You owe it to yourself to read this book! It was very interesting and informative. Get to know those who Know you already. this book deserves to be updated! Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by peacefultrends
Wow! I knew that I needed to read this, but I couldn't imagine how thoroughly Mr. Redden had researched his subject. Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by Sophia
Book arrived in good condition and I believe it was a "used" book purchase. Also timely delivery. I tend to give four stars if the packaging can be improved. Read morePublished on April 24, 2009 by Miriam Sakewitz
There is the 2000 edition, and the post 9/11 edition with an afterword. They are the same save the afterword which says, uh oh, here comes a poo storm. Read morePublished on July 26, 2007 by Paul Robeson
This book should be read by every activist in the country. It will give you insight into how informants work and also the psychology of why informants do what they do. Read morePublished on April 11, 2006 by SF Report
Wow! This book is not only frightening...it is true! Paranoid? How can you not be? This book provides many glowing examples of how our own government is using technology against... Read morePublished on May 24, 2004 by Brandon L. Harlow