Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA by Timothy H. EdgarBeyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA by Timothy H. Edgar

Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA

byTimothy H. Edgar

Hardcover | August 29, 2017

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Safeguarding Our Privacy and Our Values in an Age of Mass Surveillance

America’s mass surveillance programs, once secret, can no longer be ignored. While Edward Snowden began the process in 2013 with his leaks of top secret documents, the Obama administration’s own reforms have also helped bring the National Security Agency and its programs of signals intelligence collection out of the shadows. The real question is: What should we do about mass surveillance?

Timothy Edgar, a long-time civil liberties activist who worked inside the intelligence community for six years during the Bush and Obama administrations, believes that the NSA’s programs are profound threat to the privacy of everyone in the world. At the same time, he argues that mass surveillance programs can be made consistent with democratic values, if we make the hard choices needed to bring transparency, accountability, privacy, and human rights protections into complex programs of intelligence collection. Although the NSA and other agencies already comply with rules intended to prevent them from spying on Americans, Edgar argues that the rules#151;most of which date from the 1970s#151;are inadequate for this century. Reforms adopted during the Obama administration are a good first step but, in his view, do not go nearly far enough.

Edgar argues that our communications today#151;and the national security threats we face#151;are both global and digital. In the twenty first century, the only way to protect our privacy as Americans is to do a better job of protecting everyone’s privacy.Beyond Surveillance: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSAexplains both why and how we can do this, without sacrificing the vital intelligence capabilities we need to keep ourselves and our allies safe. If we do, we set a positive example for other nations that must confront challenges like terrorism while preserving human rights. The United States already leads the world in mass surveillance. It can lead the world in mass surveillance reform.

Timothy H. Edgardefended privacy after 9/11 as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union before going inside America's growing surveillance state as the deputy for civil liberties in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence-a story he tells inBeyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance and the Struggle to Reform the NSA...
Title:Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSAFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 29, 2017Publisher:Brookings Institution PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0815730632

ISBN - 13:9780815730637


Table of Contents


Introduction: Making a Difference

Part I: Into the Shadows

Phantoms of Lost Liberty

Transnational Surveillance

Stone Knives and Bearskins

Part II: Out of the Shadows

Breaking the Secrecy Habit

Passing the Buck

Behind the Judge's Curtains

Part III: The Struggle for Reform

Technological Magic

The Virtues of Hypocrisy

Listening to Allies

Libertarian Panic

Conclusion: Beyond Snowden

Appendix A: National Security Surveillance Timeline

Appendix B: Mass Surveillance: A Guide for the Perplexed

Author's Note



Editorial Reviews

This is an important contribution to the debate about government surveillance and civil liberties. Edgar is thoughtful, scrupulous, and, where warranted, self-critical. His is a rare voice that will be respected, if not always agreed with, by ACLU lawyers and NSA analysts alike.-Jameel Jaffer, Founding Director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, and former deputy legal director of the ACLU