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Author Gregory, Anthony, 1981- author.

Title American surveillance : intelligence, privacy, and the Fourth Amendment / Anthony Gregory.

Publication Info. Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2016]


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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 263 pages)
Note "Published in collaboration with the Independent Institute."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-245) and index.
Contents Reconnoitering the frontier, 1775-1899 -- Foreign influences, 1900-1945 -- Espionage and subversion, 1946-1978 -- Calm before the storm, 1979-2000 -- The total information idea, 2001-2015 -- Unreasonable searches -- Fourth Amendment mirage -- Enforcement problems -- The privacy question.
Note Print version record.
Summary Some see domestic intelligence gathering as a crucial task of national security, regardless of personal privacy. Others warn against a surveillance state that tramples constitutional rights. The idea of a total information state has both inspired and frightened Americans. In confronting these controversies, people appeal to law, liberty, or foreign policy to argue for or against surveilling the citizenry. The polarizing topics of surveillance, intelligence, privacy, and Fourth Amendment protections often produce more heat than light. Anthony Gregory offers a nuanced history and analysis of these vexing questions. He highlights the complex relationships between foreign and domestic intelligence, and between national security surveillance and countervailing efforts to safeguard individual privacy. The Fourth Amendment prohibiting unreasonable searches and seizures offers no panacea, he finds, in combating assaults on privacy--whether by the NSA, the FBI, local police, or more mundane administrative agencies. And, he notes, some of the high-stakes issues provoked by intelligence methods have little to do with privacy. Given the advancement of technology, together with the ambiguities and practical problems of Fourth Amendment enforcement, Gregory emphasizes that privacy advocates need to consider multiple policy fronts. -- Provided by publisher.
Subject United States. Constitution. 4th Amendment.
Constitution (United States) (OCoLC)fst01356075
Domestic intelligence -- United States.
Privacy, Right of -- United States.
Electronic surveillance -- United States.
Domestic intelligence. (OCoLC)fst01750015
Electronic surveillance. (OCoLC)fst00907477
Privacy, Right of. (OCoLC)fst01077444
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
LAW / Constitutional.
LAW / Public.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Independent Institute (Oakland, Calif.)
Other Form: Print version: Gregory, Anthony, 1981- American surveillance. Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2016] 9780299308803 (DLC) 2015043760 (OCoLC)931860527
ISBN 9780299308834 (electronic bk.)
0299308839 (electronic bk.)
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