Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping

Chatter Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping How does our government eavesdrop Whom do they eavesdrop on And is the interception of communication an effective means of predicting and preventing future attacks These are some of the questions at t

  • Title: Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping
  • Author: Patrick Radden Keefe
  • ISBN: 9781400060344
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How does our government eavesdrop Whom do they eavesdrop on And is the interception of communication an effective means of predicting and preventing future attacks These are some of the questions at the heart of Patrick Radden Keefe s brilliant new book, Chatter In the late 1990s, when Keefe was a graduate student in England, he heard stories about an eavesdropping netHow does our government eavesdrop Whom do they eavesdrop on And is the interception of communication an effective means of predicting and preventing future attacks These are some of the questions at the heart of Patrick Radden Keefe s brilliant new book, Chatter In the late 1990s, when Keefe was a graduate student in England, he heard stories about an eavesdropping network led by the United States that spanned the planet The system, known as Echelon, allowed America and its allies to intercept the private phone calls and e mails of civilians and governments around the world Taking the mystery of Echelon as his point of departure, Keefe explores the nature and context of communications interception, drawing together fascinating strands of history, fresh investigative reporting, and riveting, eye opening anecdotes The result is a bold and distinctive book, part detective story, part travel writing, part essay on paranoia and secrecy in a digital age.Chatter starts out at Menwith Hill, a secret eavesdropping station covered in mysterious, gargantuan golf balls, in England s Yorkshire moors From there, the narrative moves quickly to another American spy station hidden in the Australian outback from the intelligence bureaucracy in Washington to the European Parliament in Brussels from an abandoned National Security Agency base in the mountains of North Carolina to the remote Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia

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