No Place At Hide : Edward Snowden, The Nsa, And The U.s. Surveillance State

987 Words Nov 18th, 2014 4 Pages
I read "No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State" by Glenn Greenwald. The book takes a first-person look into the NSA scandal and Edward Snowden from one of the journalists who met with Snowden to release classified U.S. documents. The book serves a purpose that is to justify the release of classified documents by Mr. Snowden as well as to cut through the misconceptions that surrounded the scandal from someone who had seen the truth first hand. The book centers around the idea that the government surveillance state has gotten so out of hand that it encroaches on every American civil liberties and right to privacy. Greenwald proves his point quite well by using his personal account, classified NSA documents, and a commentary on the political landscape with regards to the U.S. 's view of the surveillance sector. Mr. Greenwald can incorporate the viewpoints of many Americans and foreign countries in a way that only works to support his claim. The book shines a new light into the secret actions of the U.S. government and poses questions of the power of the state versus the rights of the individual. The book begins by Greenwald explaining the circumstances leading up to the Snowden scandal. It begins with him receiving email communications with an unknown person under the alias Cincinnatus who was recommending that he install PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption in order to protect his sources. It later turned out that this unknown…

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