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by Hannah Leitheiser


The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

James Bamford




Finished the book. Basically there's a process where in times of war or crisis, privacy goes out the window. Now, when the crisis is over, average citizens expect thousands of codebreakers get their pink slips, supercomputers and listening antennas get sold at auction, and everything goes back to normal. But of course not. New targets get found, secret authorities support secret budgets. In a few decades, perhaps a leak shocks congress and results in some downsizing. The FISA court was the result of such a sock in the '70's.

Probably for security people, it would be best if there could be an ever-present crisis. Perhaps the war on terrorism can be made such.