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Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping | [Patrick Radden Keefe]

Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping

In Chatter, Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the international eavesdropping alliance known as Echelon, sorting facts from conspiracy theories to determine just how much privacy Americans unknowingly sacrifice in the name of greater security.
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In Chatter, Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the international eavesdropping alliance known as Echelon, sorting facts from conspiracy theories to determine just how much privacy Americans unknowingly sacrifice in the name of greater security. Keefe's riveting investigation moves from a secret listening station in England's Yorkshire moors to the intelligence bureaucracies of Washington and London; from an abandoned National Security Agency base hidden in the mountains of North Carolina to the European Parliament in Brussels.

Along the way Keefe meets intelligence eavesdroppers who listen in on other people's private conversations, protestors who believe that systems like Echelon will end privacy as we know it, former senators who feel American intelligence operates without any effective legislative oversight, and the journalists who brought Echelon to light. As the struggle between national security and civil liberties becomes ever more pronounced against a backdrop of global terrorism, Chatter is sure to fire debate.

Listen to an interviewwith Patrick Radden Keefe on Fresh Air.

©2005 Patrick Radden Keefe; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Mr. Keefe writes, crisply and entertainingly, as an interested private citizen rather than an expert." (The New York Times)
"Intelligent and polemical, Keefe's study is sure to spark some political chatter of its own." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Stephen Moroni, UT, United States 03-21-05
    Stephen Moroni, UT, United States 03-21-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Insight"

    Fascinating look into how the government spies on everyone. Gives a historical good overview of eavesdropping by the NSA, and other agencies. Also discusses the ethics of eavesdropping and the debates by leaders on this issues. Very good read. Try it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 10-21-05
    Richard 10-21-05 Member Since 2003
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    "A Good Listen If you are Curious"

    This book gave some great background on the evolution of evesdropping, why its done, who does it, how its done, and how it has been changing over time. That having been said, the book is also sprinkled with many tangents which tend to distract from the main points, but if you enjoy texts about the intelligence community, you'll enjoy this. It is fairly well written, not overly techy and/or dry. Are you listening to me?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lyle Houston, TX, United States 05-12-11
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    "Good"

    Robertson Dean was the perfect choice as narrator for this book. The author does a good job of informing about echelon, but due to the secretive nature of it there's just not all that much red meat in the book. Still, I found it interesting and worth reading. A book on this topic could easily have turned out to be a kooky conspiracy theory trash-can liner, but it's not.

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    Lazaro CancunMexico 07-22-05
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    "Need to know what is going on with Big Brother"

    Can?t stop listening it. Great book.

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    Rohit Falls Church, VA, USA 03-16-08
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    "Below expectations"

    Wow! You mean the government is listening to us? I had no idea. The book has a few interesting points to make but it jumps around too much.

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