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Privacy Paradox

Parallel Universes: 'Beyond Snowden' and the Two Sides of the Surveillance Debate

When Tim Edgar told his ACLU colleagues in early 2006 that he’d be leaving the organization to join the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, our reactions ranged from mute astonishment to outright dismay. It’s not at all uncommon for ACLU lawyers to go work in government. But to join the intelligence community during the Bush administration – the same gang that had brought us warrantless wiretapping, extraordinary rendition, and abusive watchlists – was really climbing into the belly of the beast.

Privacy Paradox

Transparency as Voyeurism

This piece is part of a series on Tim Edgar's new book, "Beyond Snowden."

Tim Edgar’s new book, "Beyond Snowden," prompts a number of reflections. One virtue of a book like this by a knowledgeable insider is that it provides a veritable cornucopia of issues to discuss and consider–it is a happy invitation to readers (like those who read Lawfare) to come together in convivial disputation.

Privacy Paradox

A Mini-Symposium on "Beyond Snowden"

I am honored that Lawfare is using my new book, "Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance and the Struggle to Reform the NSA" as the starting point for a conversation on the future of surveillance reform. Many thanks to those in the Lawfare community that offered me support, advice and comments along the way. I am looking forward to reading the essays of those who have agreed to write about the book in this mini-symposium, and I will respond to those essays with some closing thoughts of my own.

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