We know all about you : the story of surveillance in Britain and America

by Jeffreys-Jones, Rhodri,

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This is the story of surveillance in Britain and the United States, from the detective agencies of the late nineteenth century to "wikileaks" and CIA whistle-blower Edward Snowden in the twenty-first. Written by prize-winning historian and intelligence expert Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, it is thefirst full overview of its kind.Delving into the roles of credit agencies, private detectives, and phone-hacking journalists as well as agencies like the FBI and NSA in the USA and GCHQ and MI5 in the UK, Jeffreys-Jones highlights malpractices such as the blacklist and illegal electronic interceptions. He demonstrates that severalpresidents - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon - conducted various forms of political surveillance, and also how British agencies have been under a constant cloud of suspicion for similar reasons.Continuing with an account of the 1970s' leaks that revealed how the FBI and CIA kept tabs on anti-Vietnam War protestors, he assesses the reform impulse of this era - an impulse that began in America and only gradually spread to Britain. The end of the Cold War further at the end of the 1980s thenundermined confidence in the need for state surveillance still further, but it was to return with a vengeance after 9/11.What emerges is a story in which governments habitually abuse their surveillance powers once granted, demonstrating the need for proper controls in this area. But, as Jeffreys-Jones makes clear, this is not simply a story of the Orwellian state. While private sector firms have sometimes acted as abrake on surveillance by the state (particularly in the electronic era), they have also often engaged in dubious surveillance practices of their own. Oversight and regulation, he argues, therefore need to be universal and not simply concentrate on the threat to the individual posed by the agenciesof government.
1. A Survey of Surveillance
2. The Private Eye Invades Our Privacy
3. The Blacklist
4. Franklin D. Roosevelt's Incipient Surveillance State
5. McCarthyism in America
6. McCarthyism in Britain
7. COINTELPRO and 1960s Surveillance
8. An Age of Transparency
9. The Intensification of Surveillance Post-9/11
10. Private-Sector Surveillance in the Twenty-First Century
11. Snowden
12. Policy and Reform in the Obama-Cameron Era

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Despite Jeffreys-Jones's impressive credentials (he is an emeritus professor of American history at the University of Edinburgh and the author of In Spies We Trust: The Story of Western Intelligence), this survey of the history and current state of surveillance in the U.S. and U.K. disappoints. Its main value for American readers will be its review of how differently the American and British governments have handled the familiar tensions of balancing security and freedom. The author focuses on what he terms the "understudied phenomenon of private surveillance," though many recent books have also looked at how companies use consumer data, which is often obtained covertly. His conclusions are unsurprising: "where governments possess surveillance powers they will, eventually, abuse them," and private companies sometimes also "exploit the techniques of surveillance in an abusive manner." Some digressions detract from the central focus, such as a passage about the rise in the use of private eyes for divorce work during the 20th century. Idiosyncratic writing ("Nixon's bugging of [the Democrats'] Watergate headquarters prompted Mao Zedong to raise his Red eyebrow") makes for unnecessary distraction. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Domestic intelligence -- United States -- History.
Domestic intelligence -- Great Britain -- History.
Privacy, Right of -- United States -- History.
Privacy, Right of -- Great Britain -- History.
Internal security -- United States -- History.
Internal security -- Great Britain -- History.
Computers -- Access control -- United States.
Computers -- Access control -- Great Britain.
Wikis (Computer science) -- Access control -- United States.
Wikis (Computer science) -- Access control -- Great Britain.
Confidential communications -- United States -- History.
Confidential communications -- Great Britain -- History.
Government information -- United States -- History.
Government information -- Great Britain -- History.
Electronic surveillance -- United States -- History.
Electronic surveillance -- Great Britain -- History.
Police patrol -- United States -- Surveillance operations -- History.
Police patrol -- Great Britain -- Surveillance operations -- History.
Surveillance detection -- United States -- History.
Surveillance detection -- Great Britain -- History.
Publisher Oxford, United Kingdom :Oxford University Press,2017
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Story of surveillance in Britain and America
Language English
Description ix, 290 pages : illustrations, map, portrait ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 250-277) and index.
ISBN 9780198749660
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