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Safeguarding Our Privacy and Our Values in an Age of Mass Surveillance

America’s mass surveillance programs, once secret, can no longer be ignored. While Edward Snowden began the process in 2013 with his leaks of top secret documents, the Obama administration’s own reforms have also helped bring the National Security Agency and its programs of signals intelligence collection out of the shadows. The real question is: What should we do about mass surveillance?

Timothy Edgar, a long-time civil liberties activist who worked inside the intelligence community for six years during the Bush and Obama administrations, believes that the NSA’s programs are profound threat to the privacy of everyone in the world. At the same time, he argues that mass surveillance programs can be made consistent with democratic values, if we make the hard choices needed to bring transparency, accountability, privacy, and human rights protections into complex programs of intelligence collection. Although the NSA and other agencies already comply with rules intended to prevent them from spying on Americans, Edgar argues that the rules—most of which date from the 1970s—are inadequate for this century. Reforms adopted during the Obama administration are a good first step but, in his view, do not go nearly far enough.

Edgar argues that our communications today—and the national security threats we face—are both global and digital. In the twenty first century, the only way to protect our privacy as Americans is to do a better job of protecting everyone’s privacy. Beyond Surveillance: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA explains both why and how we can do this, without sacrificing the vital intelligence capabilities we need to keep ourselves and our allies safe. If we do, we set a positive example for other nations that must confront challenges like terrorism while preserving human rights. The United States already leads the world in mass surveillance. It can lead the world in mass surveillance reform.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Front Flap, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. 1. Introduction: Making a Difference
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I: Into the Shadows
  1. 2. Phantoms of Lost Liberty
  2. pp. 15-27
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  1. 3. Transnational Surveillance
  2. pp. 28-50
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  1. 4. Stone Knives and Bearskins
  2. pp. 51-68
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  1. Part II: Out of the Shadows
  1. 5. Breaking the Secrecy Habit
  2. pp. 71-92
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  1. 6. Passing the Buck
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. 7. Behind the Judge's Curtains
  2. pp. 113-132
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  1. Part III: The Struggle for Reform
  1. 8. Technological Magic
  2. pp. 135-151
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  1. 9. The Virtues of Hypocrisy
  2. pp. 152-171
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  1. 10. Listening to Allies
  2. pp. 172-185
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  1. 11. Libertarian Panic
  2. pp. 186-204
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  1. 12. Beyond Snowden
  2. pp. 205-216
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  1. Appendix A: National Security Surveillance Timeline
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. Appendix B: Mass Surveillance: A Guide for the Perplexed
  2. pp. 221-224
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  1. Author's Note
  2. pp. 225-228
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-276
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  1. Back Flap, Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815730644
Related ISBN
9780815730637
MARC Record
OCLC
991579904
Pages
166
Launched on MUSE
2017-06-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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