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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439229961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439229965
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

"Mark Klein worked for 22 years as a telecommunications technician at AT&T. He is a graduate of Cornell University and holds numerous technical certificates in electronics and computers. Since becoming a whistleblower, Klein has been interviewed on /ABC Nightline/ with Brian Ross, /PBS Frontline/ with Hedrick Smith, /MSNBC Countdown/ with Keith Olbermann, /NPR All Things Considered/ with Robert Siegel, and /Democracy Now!/ with Amy Goodman."

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MARK KLEIN is the whistleblower who exposed AT&T's participation in the National Security Agency's illegal warrantless spying on millions of Americans.

Klein grew up in New York City and in 1962 entered Cornell University's School of Engineering. As the 1960s exploded in social upheaval he was moved with his generation to investigate society and graduated in 1966 with a B.A. in history. Later he returned to technical school, obtaining certificates in electronics and computers which led to employment in computer manufacturing in the 1970s.

He was hired by AT&T in 1981 as a communications technician and worked for the company for over 22 years. In 2003 he discovered the illicit National Security Agency (NSA) installation in San Francisco and in 2006 he tried to bring it to public attention, becoming a witness for a lawsuit against AT&T brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retired since 2004, Klein now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Aaron K. Martin on August 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
In Wiring Up The Big Brother Machine... And Fighting It, Mark Klein provides a critical account of the US government's surveillance alliance with the telecommunications industry, and the role he played in consummating that marriage before trying to end it. This is a story about resistance to surveillance, written not by an academic, but by a telecommunications technician. Between 2003 and 2004, Klein worked for AT&T in San Francisco, where he discovered details of what he considered an illegal National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program. In this short, self-published book, he recounts his discovery of Room 641A, the moral quandaries this discovery caused and his struggle to publicize the ongoing collusion between AT&T and the NSA. As an insider involved in building the surveillance apparatus he later sought to blow the whistle on, Klein provides an engaging firsthand account of the political dynamics of surveillance and resistance in post-9/11 America and the legal wrangling that subsequently engulfed both Congress and the White House.

Surveillance studies scholars will appreciate this book on many levels. For one, it is very seldom that we gain access to accounts of surveillance operations written by those individuals involved in the surveillance activities. Klein tells us how he unwittingly "wired up" a "vacuum cleaner" surveillance system that facilitated the indiscriminate, large-scale collection of phone and Internet communication data for later analysis. Millions of people, including American nationals communicating within the United States, were caught in the dragnet. It was the warrantless wiretapping of domestic communications that was, and remains, highly controversial.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tareq S on July 29, 2009
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This is a very well written and interesting book. The story that Klein tells is unpartisan, fascinating, and frightening. The book goes into lots of the details and backstory behind the story of the NSA illegally spying on Americans through private telco infrastructure, and the legal battles that surrounded it. Be advised that reading this book may cause you to become significantly more paranoid when on the Internet.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ARC on October 23, 2009
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This is a great story. The book actually includes documents involved and it was definitely a book I didn't want to put down. Definitely recommend for any tech minded people or anybody interested in NSA/government activities.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin Hoffmitz on December 17, 2009
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An American Hero, of the sort that you need more of. Whistlblowers are the back bone of American Democracy. A once great nation has become lethargic and uncaring. Tell your friends and buy this book, Americans like this need to be supported. American friends, I am a sad Canadian who has watched the GREAT AMERICAN DREAM wither, where you were once the envy of the world, now you lie in the mud! AWAKEN FROM YOUR SLUMBER! Start with this book, support this man, and then get angry and active. Defend your life, your nation and your great constitution. You do not have to lie down and calmly be raped by your spineless politicians. Remember your founding fathers!
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