The Rise Of The American Corporate Security State: Six Reasons to Be Afraid by Beatrice EdwardsThe Rise Of The American Corporate Security State: Six Reasons to Be Afraid by Beatrice Edwards

The Rise Of The American Corporate Security State: Six Reasons to Be Afraid

byBeatrice Edwards

Paperback | April 14, 2014

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Beatrice Edwards, executive director of the organization representing Edward Snowden and four other NSA whistleblowers, argues that we now live in a Corporate Security State, where the government is more interested in protecting the companies that serve it than the citizens who support it. Hheavy domestic surveillance, political persecution of dissenters, the threat of indefinite detention codified into law—how did we get here? And is there a way out?

Edwards details how intelligence agencies took advantage of 9/11 to illegitimately extend the government’s reach. Corporations, she shows, were only too eager to sell them expensive surveillance technology, as well as share data on customers and employees using the bogus threat of an imminent “cyber war.” This is why the Justice Department isn’t going after the institutions responsible for the financial collapse of 2008—government and business are partners in crime. But Edwards offers a plan to fight back and restore transparency to government, keep private information private, and make democracy a reality once again.
Beatrice Edwards is both the executive director and the international program director at the Government Accountability Project, which is currently one of Edward Snowden’s legal representatives. She holds a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas and a doctorate in sociology from American University.
Title:The Rise Of The American Corporate Security State: Six Reasons to Be AfraidFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8.5 × 5.56 × 0.32 inPublished:April 14, 2014Publisher:Berrett-koehlerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:162656194X

ISBN - 13:9781626561946


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Government-Corporate Complex: What It Knows About You
Reason to be afraid #1: Average citizens are subject to ever-expanding surveillance and data collection by the government-corporate complex.
Chapter 2: Official Secrets: Absolute Control
Reason to be afraid #2: Control of information by the government-corporate complex is expanding.
Chapter 3: The Constitution Intact; The Bill of Rights Annulled
Reason to be afraid #3: Rights guaranteed by Constitutional Amendments are becoming irrelevant. Reporting a crime may be a crime and informing the public of the truth is treason.
Chapter 4: Zombie Law: The Corporate Security Campaign That Will Not Die
Reason to be afraid #4: The government-corporate surveillance complex is consolidating. What has been a confidential but informal collaboration now seeks to legalize its special status.
Chapter 5: Financial Reform: Dead on Arrival
Reason to be afraid #5: Financial reforms enacted after the crisis are inoperable and ineffective because of inadequate investigations and intensive corporate lobbying.
Chapter 6: Prosecution Deferred: Justice Denied
Reason to be Afraid #6: Systemic corruption and a fundamental conflict of interest are driving us toward the precipice of new economic crises.
Chapter 7: The New Regime
About the Author
About GAP

Editorial Reviews

“Bea Edwards has written a vital book about the ridiculously cozy relationship between corporate wealth and government power and how it only seems to be getting worse. It's up to the rest of us now to do something about it.” —William Cohan, New York Times and Financial Times reporter and author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World “A must-read for those who love this country and wish to preserve its fast-fading democracy. Edwards is an extraordinary writer who brilliantly captures the essence of what whistleblowers such as Snowden have sacrificed their careers and jeopardized their personal liberties to convey to each of us. This book has arrived just in time if—and only if—those who are moved by it take concerted practical actions to reverse the silent coup that we suffered in 2001.” —Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower and Director, Freedom of the Press Foundation