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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 acquits himself as a passionate advocate for privacy rights; you'd want him by your side at a protest." Los Angeles Times

"...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 everything—the protector of our liberty, the guarantor of our personal autonomy, the fountainhead of our democracy—and 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 fascinating—is 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

About the Author

Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of the Webby Award–winning online magazine Truthdig, professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and co-host of Left, Right & Center, a weekly syndicated radio show broadcast from NPR’s west coast affiliate, KCRW. In the 1960s, he was editor of the groundbreaking Ramparts magazine and later was national correspondent and columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Scheer is the author of nine books, including The Great American Stickup. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books (February 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568584520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568584522
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James Mamer on March 14, 2015
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As I finished Robert Scheer's new book, "They Know Everything About You," it occurred to me that the ubiquitous smart phone question, "Can we use your location?" should be followed by a second inquiry, "Can we also map your personality, your political convictions, your desires and your fears?" As it turns out, I am my data. My bank knows my mother's maiden name, the street I lived on when I was 5, and the name of the grade school that I attended. According to a paper published this January in Science a team of researchers was able to identify 90% of over 1 million shoppers with as little as the date and location of just four credit card transactions. We are swimming in a sea of information, but most of us have stopped paying attention. Does it matter? Robert Scheer, in this new book, argues that it matters a lot. It matters because privacy matters. And it matters because democracy matters.

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.
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This is a great read for anyone who cares about privacy rights, liberty, and the survival of our democracy. Scheer's book is concise, to the point, and a quick read as he systematically present the facts that are vital for any young person, the majority who believe that in there giving away all of their life details every waking and sleeping hour to for profit corporations it is the best thing ever since the hula hoop.

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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When it comes to airport security I have said for years "They already know everything about you". They know more about you and I than we do ourselves. So security clearance need not be a big issue. They need to stop treating us like the criminals we are made to feel. Lets all bleat like the sheep as they herd us through. Well Robert Scheer, without bashing the issue as a personal agenda, has powerfully put into words an issue touting what the novelist Douglas Adams said in one of his books - "Don't be afraid (US Citizens) - Be Very Very Afraid". The United Kingdom led the way in "Big Brother" watching but what the US government has done is tantamount to playing god in knowing your name before you were in the room and knowing your life and its potential future better than you could ever know. Your constitution be damned. If you trust your government and think it has your best interests at heart or if you are naively blowing through life don't read this. The educated 10% - don't miss this eye opening work and start to foment the revolution to reign in your government and its prying eyes and ears. And yes I know that this review by Amazon is actually partly owned by the US government. Do you? Get your head and life out of the Cloud.
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After reading Scheer's book I now believe the title "They Know Everything About You." Profiteering tech giants are mining personal information at an alarming rate that has too easily fallen into the hands of the NSA, the spy agency that was outed by Edward Snowden. It is a terrifying read about our loss of privacy that has come invisibly, as Scheer warns, with potentially devastating results. Scheer's book is essential reading for educators who seem oblivious to the threat of a surveillance state while they promote expanded access to the Internet.
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