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The Watchers - The Rise of America's Surveillance State

Shane Harris

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Our surveillance state was born in the brain of Admiral John Poindexter in 1983. Poindexter, President Ronald Reagan's national security adviser, realized that the United States might have prevented the terrorist massacre of 241 Marines in Beirut if only intelligence agencies had been able to analyze in real time data they had on the attackers. Poindexter poured government know-how and funds into his dream-a system that would sift reams of data for signs of terrorist activity. Decades later, that elusive dream still captivates Washington. After the 2001 attacks, Poindexter returned to government with a controversial program, called Total Information Awareness, to detect the next attack. Today it is a secretly funded operation that can gather personal information on every American and millions of others worldwide. But Poindexter's dream has also become America's nightmare. Despite billions of dollars spent on this digital quest since the Reagan era, we still can't discern future threats in the vast data cloud that surrounds us all. But the government can now spy on its citizens with an ease that was impossible-and illegal-just a few years ago. Drawing on unprecedented access to the people who pioneered this high-tech spycraft, Shane Harris shows how it has shifted from the province of right-wing technocrats to a cornerstone of the Obama administration's war on terror. Harris puts us behind the scenes and in front of the screens where twenty-first-century spycraft was born. We witness Poindexter quietly working from the private sector to get government to buy in to his programs in the early nineties. We see an army major agonize as he carries out an order to delete the vast database he's gathered on possible terror cells-and on thousands of innocent Americans-months before 9/11. We follow General Mike Hayden as he persuades the Bush administration to secretly monitor Americans based on a flawed interpretation of the law. After Congress publicly bans the Total Information Awareness program in 2003, we watch as it

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kirby Heyborne

Length:

15h 2m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

25:52


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

31:47


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

23:32


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

35:47


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

47:18


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

25:45


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

36:24


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

22:10


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

26:47


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

35:31


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

18:43


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

14:29


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

27:31


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

45:22


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

29:20


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

37:59


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

29:57


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

08:42


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

41:51


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

13:50


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

32:25


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

07:41


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

24:23


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

17:40


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

28:02


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

19:42


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

31:04


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

30:37


Part 4, Chapter 28
Part 4, Chapter 28

16:41


Part 4, Chapter 29
Part 4, Chapter 29

57:59


Part 4, Chapter 30
Part 4, Chapter 30

33:27


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

23:16


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

00:26