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Surveillance A to Z

Danny Schechter

In the same way as Danny Schechter's Madiba A-Z became one of the most widely read of the Mandela books, one that brilliantly took a non-narrative approach to illuminate the many sides of Mandela's complex personality, here Schechter uses the same format to illuminate one of the most complex and many-sided aspects of contemporary life: surveillance.

Based on months of fresh interviews with key players among journalists, security experts, government officials, and whistleblowers, Surveillance A-Z blasts open the brave new world in which we are living, where "balance" has become a euphemism to justify massive surveillance, where dissent is equated with criminality, where those who abuse our most basic constitutionally protected civil rights seem to be immune from reproach or prosecution, and where a new type of soldier, "warrior geeks," wage cyber war. 

Schechter offers cogent insight in straightforward prose across the full spectrum of surveillance culture, from WikiLeaks, Manning, and Snowden to black world ops, from SAPs and ECIs to VRKs, from Dan Ellsberg to Thomas Drake and Bill Binney, from the law to the technology to the reality.

About Danny Schechter

Formerly a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard and a television producer, DANNY SCHECHTER has made waves in the mainstream and alternative media for more than 30 years. Called the "alternative Walter Cronkite," he has witnessed and participated in the history-making events of our age, from the founding of the Yippies in 1967, to Nelson Mandela's triumphant presidential election in 1994, for which Schechter was designated the exclusive filmmaker, to the Media and Democracy Congress of 1996, which he helped organize, to his most recent television production, Rights & Wrongs, which aired weekly on over 150 PBS and cable outlets nationwide. His many TV specials and films, including Beyond Life: Timothy Leary Lives (1997), Seeds of Peace (1996), The Prisoners of Hope (1996), Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days that Changed South Africa (1994), narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard, Sarajevo Ground Zero (1993), The Living Canvas (1992), narrated by Billy Dee Williams, Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (1992, with Barbara Kopple), Mandela in America (1990), and The Making of Sun City (1990). 

For eight years a producer at ABC's 20/20, where he won two National News Emmys, Schechter has reported from 45 countries and lectured at many schools and universities. He is co-founder and executive producer at Globalvision, a New York-based television and film company now in its eleventh year, where he produced 156 editions of the award-winning series South Africa Now and co-produced Right & Wrongs: Human Rights Television with Charlayne Hunter-Gault. His articles on the media appear regularly in leading national publications. He lives in New York City.