In Chatter, Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the international
eavesdropping alliance known as Echelon, sorting facts from conspiracy
theories to determine just how much privacy Americans unknowingly
sacrifice in the name of greater security. Keefe’s riveting
investigation moves from a secret listening station in England’s
Yorkshire moors to the intelligence bureaucracies of Washington and
London; from an abandoned National Security Agency base hidden in the
mountains of North Carolina to the European Parliament in Brussels.
the way Keefe meets intelligence eavesdroppers who listen in on other
people’s private conversations, protestors who believe that systems like
Echelon will end privacy as we know it, former senators who feel
American intelligence operates without any effective legislative
oversight, and the journalists who brought Echelon to light. As the
struggle between national security and civil liberties becomes ever more
pronounced against a backdrop of global terrorism, Chatter is sure to fire debate. Download and start listening now!