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TitleWiring Up The Big Brother Machine...And Fighting It
Author(s)Mark Klein
ISBN1439229961
LanguageEnglish
PublishedJuly 2009
PublisherBookSurge Publishing
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Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
Mark Klein was there when the network of telecommunication giant AT&T was 'enhanced' with fiber taps into major links, with the duplicated data going into a secret room under NSA (national security agency) control. The now famous room 641A at Folsom Street in San Francisco. In this book he describes the process of getting involved in placing the taps and what he did after this to bring this spying on Americans to the light, resulting in a lawsuit against AT&T by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. A long and frustrating process with media ignoring this news and possible pressure to not publish the story. An interesting book to read, but at the same time very disconcerting to interpret, as the practices described in the book are very probably still active today and the US law is very clear on spying on foreigners by the NSA: go ahead, enjoy.
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Whistleblower Mark Klein tells the story of the illegal government spying apparatus installed at an AT&T office by the National Security Agency, and his battle to bring it to light and protect Americans’ 4th Amendment rights. After the New York Times revealed in 2005 that the NSA was spying on Americans’ phone calls and e-mail without Constitutionally-required court warrants, the Bush administration openly defended this practice which also violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. All details of the highly secret program remained hidden from the public—until Klein came forward. A technician for over 22 years at telecom giant AT&T, Klein was working in the Internet room in San Francisco in 2003 and discovered the NSA was vacuuming everyone’s communications into a secret room, and he had the documents to prove it (sample pages included). He went to the media in 2006, and then became a witness in a lawsuit brought against the company by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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