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They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy Hardcover – February 24, 2015
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"...Scheer powerfully connects the dots of our chilling Orwellian present, one in which privacy is considered a luxury, rather than a right." Publishers Weekly
"A vital piece of work that demands attention." Kirkus Reviews
Robert Scheer reminds us that privacy is everythingthe protector of our liberty, the guarantor of our personal autonomy, the fountainhead of our democracyand yet it’s disappearing faster than an electronic blip moving at warp speed from your computer to the NSA. With clarity and precision, Scheer dissects the military-intelligence complex, showing it to be neither very secure nor very intelligent, but, rather, dangerous to us all.” Robert B. Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley
They Know Everything About You is a brilliant book. Robert Scheer, who covered my 1971 trial after I released the Pentagon Papers, has been following privacy and surveillance issues for decades. He is a key voice and his book cogent, timely, and fascinatingis an indispensable text for our time.” Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
Robert Scheer has undertaken a penetrating examination of Americans’ disappearing privacy and issued a clarion call in these pages, lest we unwittingly click-away our freedom.” John W. Dean, bestselling author and former Nixon White House counsel
Scheer is one of the most important journalists in America. He is not only brilliant, possessed by a fierce and uncompromising integrity, but is a lyrical and often moving writer. All of these talents are on full display in his latest book about the rise of the security and surveillance state and the terrifying dystopia that will be visited upon us all unless our right to privacy is returned to us.” Chris Hedges, fellow at The Nation Institute and coauthor of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
This is what journalism looks like, provided by one of the greatest reporters of our times. Scheer has written a powerful indictment of the present-day corporate-government surveillance regime that has effectively eliminated the right to privacy. Like a master surgeon, he dissects the self-serving rationales for the wholesale illegal spying on Americans and shows them to be nonsense.” Robert W. McChesney, author of Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century
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Early on Scheer illustrates how all of us share, wittingly and unwittingly, just about everything, yet he also admits that we have known about the corporate collection of metadata for some time and many of us have accepted it without much complaint. We have done this, he suggests, because it was viewed inherently as a voluntary adjunct to consumerism. But it is no longer possible to believe that this is about convenient consumerism. That illusion, Scheer writes, "...was rudely shattered with the leaks from (Edward) Snowden."
In is in the shadow of the Snowden leaks that this incessant collection of data has become undeniably serious. In finely written detail Scheer reveals the extraordinarily incestuous and deeply disturbing relationship between the giant tech companies and the intelligence community.Read more ›
We as a society have been completely hoodwinked to accept these " service agreements" that we gleefully click away on to download the newest hot free "app".
Ironically that is only half the story, unless you have been living under a rock for the last 20 months. The powers that be, the ones we all pay taxes to, have created a surveillance system that was pitched to protect us from the ' terrorists" when in truth it was created to simply turn us all into suspects in a new cold war. A effort that is strictly profit driven and full of nepotism and constitutional violations...the terrorism industrial complex, which is poised to milk taxpayers of hundred of billions dollars, if not a trillion,over for the next fifty years...if we choose to allow it.
Sadly the majority of citizen are still too complacent in there acknowledge of these dire facts or simply do not care.
One eye opened for me in this book was the details on Palantir, a story that is equally disturbing as it is so typical of the corporate America paradigm.
You have to applaud the efforts of Scheer, Snowden along with other whistle blowers,the EFF, the ACLU, and many others who are trying to wake the citizenry of America up.
Share this book folks.
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”
― Thomas Jefferson
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hard writing makes easy reading. although these are complex issues the author brings to bear his compendious knowledge from decades of journalistic work. a master at his craft.Published 24 days ago by Peter
We spend 53% of our budget on the military and 3% on education, so we get what we pay for.Published 29 days ago by Joe
Very informative. Opened my eyes to what is actually going on in our internet companies and government agencies. Worth the read.Published 1 month ago by Lyle J. Sanford
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