No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
The second part deals with the revelations, if you have read the Greenwald's Guardian articles there's not much...more
I especially appreciated his argument against the idea "only bad people need fear the NSA," because one, "bad" people have civil rights, too, and two, "bad" is defined as anyone who disagrees with the powers that be. Everyone's rights must be protected or no one is free.
It was utterly thrilling to read Greenwald's first hand account of being contacted by one Edward Snowden, and then meeting him in Hon...more
Somewhat frustrated that I hadn't been able to get any long reading sessions in yet, I realized some early reviews would probably be out by then, so I went online to check out what kind of wav...more
It was outstanding – 5 stars.
Let’s start with the punchline from Warren and Brandeis in their 1890 Harvard Law Review article The Right to Privacy where they assert that the right to privacy is primarily a “right to be left alone.”
Ponder that for a moment.
It’s a hot topic in my household...more
Beginning with his first contact with Snowden, his sojourn in Hong Kong, his meticulous assembling of the disclosures and his elucidation of the broader impl...more
I find the most disturbing part of this entire story to be the way in which the appointed talking heads tried to slander Greenwald and Snowden afterwards. The story here isn't as much about what the NSA is collecting and what it isn't, as it is about how the powers that be don't like dissenting thought and how easy it is to turn the propaganda machine against someone.
Americans have become desensitized to losing their privacy. What...more
At the time – at least at first – it all sounded to me like the plot of...more
There are many who wish to claim that those who aren't engaged in anything illegal have no...more
No Place to Hide reads like an action novella that transitions to polemic, leaving the reader with a bit of anxiety about "But what's going to happen to Snowden?!" during the polemic section. But don't worry: Greenwald heightens the emotional stakes once more by describing, in one damning quotation after another, the degree of coziness between specific member...more
The first part of this book is an exciting description of how Greenwald and Snowden met and established a relationship of mutual trust. It also describes how the publication process began.
The second part outlines the published evidence itself. It is studded with scre...more
Not a day goes by without new shocking details about this incredible ordeal are being flushed to the surface. (Just yesterday an employee of BND (Bundenachrichtendienst, the German equivalent to the NSA) has been arrested for spying on the German parliamentary investigation into US government spying on...more
This is such an important book. I don't think that c...more
No 5-star rating can possibly do justice to the importance of this book. Greenwald's arguments and revelations punch right to the core and make you step back and see the bigger picture in all its frightening clarity. Perfectly balancing the issues of mass surveillance, the role of journalism...more
The Washington Post also app...more
I chose this book for 9/11, not because it’s a story about the terrorist act, but because I see a clear bright line that can be traced from that day to the fear-mongering that birthed the Patriot Act and all of its restrictions on civil liberties to the security state that Edward Snowden (and Glenn Greenwald) defined in Snowden’s release of the NSA documents.
I keep thinking of the Ben Franklin quotation; “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purcha...more
Chapters 1 ("Contact") chronicles Greenwald's initial meetings with Edward Snowden (tentatively reaching out using the monicker "Cincinnatus", after the Roman statesman and exemplar of civic virtue). Greenwald, at one time a constitutional lawyer and civil rights litigator, journalist and blogger, was selected by Snowden due to his interest in the ongoing violations of privacy by the CIA / NSA. (Cu...more
Taken by itself, the behind-the-scenes of the the Snowden leaks would already be compelling. But Greenwald shows a special facility for telling the story with tension...more