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TitleIllusions of Security: Global Surveillance and Democracy in the Post-9/11 World (City Lights Open Media)
Author(s)Maureen Webb
ISBN0872864766
LanguageEnglish
PublishedFebruary 2007
PublisherCity Lights Publishers
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* Did you know that your government is watching you? * That it buys personal data from private contractors and foreign governments? * That it collects this information to "predict" whether you might be a terrorist? * That if you are singled out, no one may be able to help you? In light of the recent terrorist threats at U.K and U.S. airports, this book is a timely and provocative read about what governments should and should not be doing to protect us from further terrorist attacks. It is a crucial look at a little-examined aspect of the U.S.-led "war on terror" – the move toward the use of mass, globalized surveillance and a "preemptive" model of security, and its effects on democratic values and human rights around the world. "Maureen Webb pulls all the pieces together – special rendition, no fly lists, biometric surveillance, warrant-less wire taps, torture – to create a harrowing picture of post 9-11 state repression. This valuable guide makes clear how dramatically civil liberties have been attacked in recent years." – Christian Parenti, author of "The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq," "The Soft Cage," and "Lockdown America" "A thorough and terrifying compendium of the threats to democracy posed by the unquestioning use of technology. The book urges us not to stand by as governments seek to replace the rule of law with faulty databases searched by unproven computer algorithms. Maureen Webb portrays a frightening image of high-placed officials playing with their technological toys; meanwhile the real world – and its real insecurities – elude them." – Ellen Ullman, author of "The Bug: A Novel" and "Close to the Machine" "Your government is spying on you, and it's going to get worse until we do something about it," is Maureen Webb's message in her brilliant, much needed new book. In measured, lucid detail, Webb presents a wide-ranging account of the emerging global network of surveillance that is infringing on the personal privacy and civil liberties of people in the United States and world wide. Focusing on U.S.-led initiatives in the aftermath of of 9/11, Webb's timely book describes how governments are spying on not only foreigners, but also their own citizens, and sharing the data with other countries and big corporations. She reminds us that we live in a political moment in which the world's primary advocate of democracy--the United States-- is engaging in indefinite detentions, torture, extrajudicial killings, and domestic spying. " -- Nadine Strossen, Executive Director, ACLU

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