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.Along 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. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robertson Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000439/bk_bkot_000439_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How does our government eavesdrop? Whom do they eavesdrop on? And is the interception of communication an effective means of predicting and preventing future attacks? These are some of the questions at the heart of Patrick Radden Keefe’s brilliant new book, Chatter.In the late 1990s, when Keefe was a graduate student in England, he heard stories about an eavesdropping network led by the United States that spanned the planet. The system, known as Echelon, allowed America and its allies to intercept the private phone calls and e-mails of civilians and governments around the world. Taking the mystery of Echelon as his point of departure, Keefe explores the nature and context of communications interception, drawing together fascinating strands of history, fresh investigative reporting, and riveting, eye-opening anecdotes. The result is a bold and distinctive book, part detective story, part travel-writing, part essay on paranoia and secrecy in a digital age. Chatter starts out at Menwith Hill, a secret eavesdropping station covered in mysterious, gargantuan golf balls, in England´s Yorkshire moors. From there, the narrative moves quickly to another American spy station hidden in the Australian outback; from the intelligence bureaucracy in Washington to the European Parliament in Brussels; from an abandoned National Security Agency base in the mountains of North Carolina to the remote Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia.As Keefe chases down the truth of contemporary surveillance by intelligence agencies, he unearths reams of little-known information and introduces us to a rogue´s gallery of unforgettable characters. We meet a former British eavesdropper who now listens in on the United States Air Force for sport; an intelligence translator who risked prison to reveal an American operation to spy on the United Nations Security Council; a former member of the Senate committee on intelligence who says that oversight is so bad, a lo 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Radden Keefe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000550/bk_rand_000550_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chatter:Uncovering the Echelon Surveillance Network and the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping Patrick Radden Keefe
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Michael survived China. Barely. But now he´s got bigger problems. A pair of coordinates broadcast on an obscure frequency have brought Michael to Istanbul, Turkey where credible chatter has emerged that a terrorist group plans to use a devastating device to hold the world hostage. Designed by Nikola Tesla, arguably the greatest inventor of the Twentieth Century, the weapon is experimental, it is capable, and it has been missing for almost sixty years. If Michael is to prevent a catastrophe, he´ll need to get to the device before the Conspiracy or risk upsetting the global balance of power forever. Of course, finding the Tesla Device is one thing, knowing whom he can trust with it is another matter entirely. To survive, he´ll have to do both. If he doesn´t, what started as a bad day is about to become a disaster. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Russell Jonas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013583/bk_acx0_013583_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There is a growing global unrest. A large faction of people from all walks of life, both young and old, feel they are being affected by an outside source, sharing a deep-rooted fear that all is not right. Many feel that time itself is moving too fast, that they are traumatized by the pressure to keep up with the ever-changing landscape around us, leaving many paralyzed and overwhelmed by the cacophony and mindless chatter of technology that pervades every aspect of their lives. Are we losing ourselves amidst this modern world? Are we living a lie under the charade of an advanced and civilized society, all while we are destroying life on Earth - polluting our air, food, water, and ultimately our minds while destroying species, habitat, and even human lives on a daily basis? Are labor-saving devices, products, and services for anything and everything erasing our true selves or simply making our lives easier? Since the industrial revolution, man has continued to distance himself from the world in which we came, a world of flora and fauna to which we were once deeply connected throughout our evolution. Now many experts feel we are no longer in the age of common sense, that we are just steps away from a truly Orwellian existence, and that we are now devolving to the point of no return. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Hughes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/real/000415/rt_real_000415_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An unabridged audio collection spotlighting the ´´best of the best” hard science-fiction stories published in 2017 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster, as narrated by Tom Dheere and Nancy Linari. In ´´Shadows of Eternity” by Gregory Benford, a student investigates enigmatic SETI recordings from probes sent to nearby stars despite her teachers’ admonishments to stick to the curriculum. As war and pollution ravage the last survivors on Earth, an alien robot descends to help save the planet in ´´The Chatter of Monkeys” by Bond Elam. In ´´Acadie” by Dave Hutchinson, the first humans still, even after 500 years, hunt across the stars for their augmented children who have left Earth in search of paradise. The crew of an exploratory starship finds an icy moon that might harbor life in ´´Canoe” by Nancy Kress. In ´´The Use of Things” by Ramez Naam, an astronaut struggles to survive after being jolted free from an asteroid while on a solitary prospecting mission. A problem with the local birds threatens the rebuilding of Bikini Island as sea-levels rise due to global warming in ´´The Proving Ground” by Alec Nevala-Lee. In ´´Holdfast” by Alastair Reynolds, a genmod human soldier faces off with an alien warrior in the inhospitable terrain of a superjovian planet. A Russian astronaut, gathering debris in near-Earth space, must make tough moral choices when asked to carry out a special mission in ´´Vanguard 2.0” by Carter Scholz. And finally, after a terrorist attack, a technically dead fish farmer gets a new body and second chance at life as an experimental super soldier, in ´´ZeroS” by Peter Watts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Dheere, Nancy Linari. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/atxt/000547/bk_atxt_000547_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.