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The Watchers by Shane Harris
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Jan 25, 2011 | ISBN 9780143118909

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“An absorbing look at modern spying technology and how it impacts average Americans.”

“Harris displays an exquisite understanding of the intricacies of his topic and a remarkable sensitivity to the genuine concerns of the watchers and their critics…. A sharply written, wise analysis of the complex mashup of electronic sleuthing, law, policy and culture.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Watchers reads like a thriller, and the story is sadly on the mark in describing our limited oversight of the government’s surveillance powers. The nation needs to do better, and Harris’ book is rich background to that task.”
-Gregory F. Treverton, Director, Center for Global Risk and Security, RAND Corporation

“This is an astonishingly detailed, well-researched narrative. It tells the story of how, over the past two decades, U.S. officials developed the capability to put together massive amounts of information about any individual they choose to watch.”
-James Mann, author of Rise of the Vulcans

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