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  • Published: 1 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9781626561946
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 120
  • RRP: $29.99

The Rise Of The American Corporate Security State



Beatrice Edwards, executive director of the organization representing Edward Snowden and four other NSA whistleblowers, argues that we now live in a Corporate Security State, where the government is more interested in protecting the companies that serve it than the citizens who support it. Hheavy domestic surveillance, political persecution of dissenters, the threat of indefinite detention codified into law—how did we get here? And is there a way out?

Edwards details how intelligence agencies took advantage of 9/11 to illegitimately extend the government’s reach. Corporations, she shows, were only too eager to sell them expensive surveillance technology, as well as share data on customers and employees using the bogus threat of an imminent “cyber war.” This is why the Justice Department isn’t going after the institutions responsible for the financial collapse of 2008—government and business are partners in crime. But Edwards offers a plan to fight back and restore transparency to government, keep private information private, and make democracy a reality once again.

  • Published: 1 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9781626561946
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 120
  • RRP: $29.99

Praise for The Rise Of The American Corporate Security State

“Bea Edwards has written a vital book about the ridiculously cozy relationship between corporate wealth and government power and how it only seems to be getting worse. It's up to the rest of us now to do something about it.” —William Cohan, New York Times and Financial Times reporter and author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World “A must-read for those who love this country and wish to preserve its fast-fading democracy. Edwards is an extraordinary writer who brilliantly captures the essence of what whistleblowers such as Snowden have sacrificed their careers and jeopardized their personal liberties to convey to each of us. This book has arrived just in time if—and only if—those who are moved by it take concerted practical actions to reverse the silent coup that we suffered in 2001.” —Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower and Director, Freedom of the Press Foundation

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