Until the watershed leak of top-secret documents by Edward Snowden to The Guardian (UK) and The Washington Post, most Americans did not realize the extent to which our government is actively acquiring personal information from telecommunications companies and other corporations. As made startlingly clear, the National Security Agency (NSA) has collected information on every phone call Americans have made over the past seven years. In that same time, the NSA and the FBI have gained the ability to access emails, photos, audio and video chats, and additional content from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, YouTube, Skype, Apple, and others, allegedly in order to track foreign targets. In Spying on Democracy, National Lawyers Guild executive director Heidi Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and the future of democracy itself. Boghosian reveals how technology is being used to categorize and monitor people based on their associations, their movements, their purchases, and their perceived political beliefs. She shows how corporations and government intelligence agencies mine data from sources as diverse as surveillance cameras, unmanned drones, iris scans, and medical records while combing websites, email, phone records, and social media for resale to third parties, including US intelligence agencies. The ACLU´s Michael German says of the examples shown in Boghosian´s book, ´´This unrestrained spying is inevitably used to suppress the most essential tools of democracy: the press, political activists, civil rights advocates, and conscientious insiders who blow the whistle on corporate malfeasance and government abuse.´´ Boghosian adds, ´´If the trend is permitted to continue, we will soon live in a society where nothing is confidential, no information is really secure, and our civil liberties are under constant surveillance and con... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Sanders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/026743/bk_adbl_026743_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A brilliant tragicomedy based on the most infamous espionage trial of the 20th century. Thirty years after they walked hand in hand to the electric chair, sentenced to die for giving the gift of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union, Solomon and Dolores Rubell are the targets of a new investigation - conducted not by the FBI, or some paranoid Senate subcommittee, but by Gerald Lerner, boyhood Communist and author of such classic chronicles of the American Jewish experience as Hot Pastrami Sandwich and Kosher and Topless. What does Gerald hope to find, all these years later, by placing ads in the Jewish Daily Forward and Screw seeking former Soviet spies willing to chat? The short answer: His sanity. With a gleam in its eye and tenderness in its heart, David Evanier’s irreverent and incisive novel peers into one of the darkest chapters in American history - the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg on charges of spying for the Soviet Union. Because, as Suzie Sizzle - great-niece of Dolly and Solly Rubell and star of a ´´goodly number´´ of hardcore films - explains to Gerald, this is not really a story about death, despite its gloomy ending. It is a story about love - the true love two proud Jewish underdogs had for each other, and the misguided love an entire generation of American leftists had for a political system whose grand promises masked terrible, irreconcilable truths. They say love will make you do crazy things. So, too, will Communism. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Ortego. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020401/bk_adbl_020401_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ember Manchester hoped that keeping her boss - and one time lover, Rylan - at arm´s length would make her life easier. But as the weeks go by, she finds out that´s simply not the case; Rylan´s asking her to help him work more cases, he´s always coming into her office to chat, and worse - he´s getting involved in her love life. Ember´s been avoiding men since her last night with Rylan, where she found out that he used to work for the hacker Seth Mathews, a man devoted to crippling the government. It´s not until she meets Stan that she changes her mind about seeing other men. Stan´s the opposite of Rylan: geeky, awkward with girls, and unsure of himself. And, he has no idea what her job is really like. In other words, he´s just what Ember needs to stay out of trouble. Her life is going great until she´s contacted by the United States military and tasked with a crucial job that she can´t refuse. She´s asked to keep an eye on Rylan, who may still be working with Seth Mathews. Ember feels guilty spying on Rylan, but she knows that she´s the only one capable of finding out what Rylan is really up to. When her contact in the military asks her to infiltrate Rylan´s apartment and find a stolen prototype, Ember´s life is turned upside down. She´s torn between a man she´s surprised to find she still has feelings for and doing what´s right. Meanwhile, Ember´s relationship with Stan is deepening, further complicating the matter. But as she´s about to find out, not everyone is what they seem, and her life may very well be in danger.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shoshana Franck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/079848/bk_acx0_079848_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.