Item description for Who's Watching You?: The Chilling Truth about the State, Surveillance, and Personal Freedom (Conspiracy Books) by Mick Farren & John Gibb...
The threat of terrorism and the corresponding climate of fear encouraged by the government have together eroded our freedom to live our lives in peace and quiet away from the prying eyes of hidden cameras. The government is tightening its grip on us by watching and recording what we do. They are doing this because they know they can and because knowledge is power. But exactly who are "they" and why do they want to know so much about us? This book includes chilling, accurate, and up-to-date descriptions of the methods the government (and private company proxies) use to watch us.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher The Disinformation Company
ISBN 1932857575 ISBN13 9781932857573
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More About Mick Farren & John Gibb
divides his time between music and literature, with digressions into psychedelic agitprop. He fronted the anarchic pre-punk The Deviants and had lyrics being recorded by Metallica, Motorhead, Hawkwind and Wayne Kramer. At the NME in 1970s, he helped explain the dawn of punk to a worried world. He has published 22 novels and 12+ non-fiction works, including Elvis And The Colonel.
Mick Farren currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.
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Very good reading Nov 26, 2007
America is not the only country where the threat of terrorism, and the subsequent encouraging of that fear by the State, has led to the steady erosion of civil liberties for the average individual. This book explores the situation in Britain, said to be the most watched society on Earth.
No one knows just how many closed circuit TV cameras are working in Britain at any given moment; estimates range from 2 to 3 million. The average person could find themselves on a CCTV screen up to 300 times a day. No longer do bored security guards have to sit in front of rows of TV screens. New software allows the system to distinguish between normal and abnormal behavior. Such abnormal behavior is automatically flagged and displayed on the one TV screen for the guard to analyze.
The retailers of this world are building up a more comprehensive portrait of an individual's purchases and buying habits, with that person's willing consent. It is done through recording credit card transactions and the use of store discount cards (Is a discount of a few percent on your purchase really worth giving all of your personal information to some retailer's database?). What the retailers don't know about a person, the credit reporting agencies do know. Their information comes from a seemingly infinite array of sources, and accuracy of the information is not guaranteed.
Echelon is a global electronic interception system that aims to capture every phone call, email, fax and telex communication between America, Europe and the Middle East. It is run by the National Security Agency, with help from its British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand counterparts. A major listening station is at a place called Menwith Hill in Yorkshire. Without the absolutely highest security clearance, don't even bother trying to get in. Members of the European and British do not have such clearance. France is building its own smaller version of Echelon, using current satellite technology.
This is a fascinating, and pretty spooky, book. There is a list of groups in the back of the book working on various aspects of the privacy issue. About all a person can do is to keep any more civil liberties from disappearing in the name of security (those liberties that are gone are not coming back anytime soon). This book is recommended for everyone; those who know their way around this issue, and those who know nothing about this issue.