Spying on Democracy

Spying on Democracy
Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance
Foreword by Lewis Lapham




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"Heidi Boghosian featured in VTDigger.org"

Heidi Boghosian, the head of the National Lawyers Guild and author of Spying on Democracy, comes to light in VTDigger.org

-Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org Feb 3, 2014

"Heidi Boghosian shares what Americans need to know about spying and civil liberties"

Surveillance expert and author of the book Spying on Democracy, Heidi Boghosian, shares her thoughts on how President Obama might restore confidence in the National Security Agency (NSA).

-Heidi Boghosian, Bill Moyers and Company Jan 16, 2014

The Commonwealth Magazine covers Boghosian's event

Cover story on book & event

- The Commonwealth: The Magazine of the Commonwealth Club of California Dec 1, 2013

"Interview on OpEd News"

A transcript from Boghosian's interview with Rob Kall on his radio program is posted here.

-Rob Kall Dec 1, 2013

"Interview with Joan Hamburg on WOR AM New York, NY"

Joan Hamburg at New York's News & Talk Radio WOR 710 AM interviews Heidi Boghosian.

-WOR Radio 710 Nov 12, 2013

"Our Man in Boston recognizes Heidi Boghosian"

Robert Birnbaum gives a shout out to Spying on Democracy.

-Our Man in Boston Nov 11, 2013

"The FDL Book Salon welcomes Heidi Boghosian"

Heidi Boghosian discussed Spying on Democracy with the FDL Book Salon community. The conversation was moderated by Mike German of the ACLU.

-Mike German, FDL Book Salon Nov 9, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian interviewed by Bill Moyers"

Executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, Heidi Boghosian, joins Bill Moyers for a conversation on what we all need to know about surveillance in America.

-Bill Moyers and Company Nov 8, 2013

"Book excerpt on Bill Moyers and Company web site"

Read to find out why surveillance does not make us safer.

-Bill Moyers and Company Nov 7, 2013

"Interview with The Jefferson Exchange"

So you use your "club card" to check out at the supermarket. The clerk thanks you by name, and you get a coupon for an item you might like, based on your past purchases. The store knows some of your habits. Do the things that company knows about you end up in the hands of anybody else? That's one of the key questions of our time, and one of many considered by Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild. Her book on the prevalence of surveillance in our society is Spying on Democracy.

-Geoffrey Riley and Charlotte Duren, Jefferson Public Radio Oct 29, 2013

"Interview on KBOO in Portland, OR"

Have you ever been talking about government spying when someone says, "Well if you aren't doing anything wrong, Why are you worried?" Heidi Bogoshian's new book, Spying on Democracy is all the answer you’ll need. 

-Linda Olson-Osterlund, KBOO Oct 10, 2013

"Excerpt on The Daily Dot"

"How apps capture your kids' data without you even knowing" -- An excerpt from the chapter "Spying on Children."

-Heidi Boghosian, Spying on Democracy Oct 7, 2013

"Interview on Marin TV"

City Lights and the Community Media Center of Marin present Heidi Boghosian discussing Spying on Democracy with Peter B. Collins, live from the Marin TV studio.

-Peter B. Collins, Marin TV Oct 3, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian interviewed on Berkeleyside"

Heidi Boghosian discusses the rise of surveillance and her new book, Spying on Democracy. 

-Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside Sep 26, 2013

"Interview with Heidi Boghosian"

"It's nearly impossible to name a more timely book than Heidi Boghosian's Spying on Democracy . . ." 

-Lou Fancher, Times-Herald Sep 25, 2013

"Essay in Playboy Magazine"

Heidi Boghosian discusses the surveillance state in the October 2013 issue of Playboy Magazine

-Heidi Boghosian, Playboy Magazine Sep 20, 2013

"Interview with Heidi Boghosian"

Listen to Heidi Boghosian's interview on The Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show Podcast. 

-Rob Kall, The Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show Sep 18, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian interviewed on Coast to Coast AM"

Boghosian addressed the extent to which the US government is actively acquiring personal information on Americans through their phone calls, emails, and Internet usage. She warned that the government now has the means to suppress the most essential tools of democracy. For instance, they have spied on some reporters, and threatened them with charges of espionage and conspiracy. We really have "an affront, not only to the Constitution, but for an open society where we can keep the government in check rather than having them control us," she stated.

-George Noory, Coast to Coast AM Sep 12, 2013

"Interview with Heidi Boghosian"

On WLRN's "Topical Currents," Boghosian discusses the increase of surveillance on ordinary citizens through technology, and how this benefits commercial entities as well.

-Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman and Paul Leary, WLRN Sep 9, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian discusses how AT&T partners with the Drug Enforcement Agency to spy on Americans"

While the NSA has been in the news recently for spying on Americans, the Drug Enforcement Agency's "Hemisphere Project" is far bigger. The DEA database tracks every call that goes through an AT&T switch dating back to 1987. Not only that, the Hemisphere Project goes even further than NSA records because it includes location information. The project works by using AT&T employees, paid by the government, to gather data for police officers and agents, using administrative--not judicial--subpoenas that are not overseen by a judge.

-Russia Today Sep 3, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian interviewed on WPSL, Port St. Lucie, FL's Financial Survival Network"

Boghosian discusses the role of technology in our daily lives, and the abuses by corporations in accessing our private data.

-Financial Survival Network Sep 3, 2013

"Read an excerpt from Spying on Democracy on Truthout"

Freedom Cannot Exist Alongside a Massive Surveillance Industrial Complex: They Are Incompatible . . .

-Heidi Boghosian, City Lights Books Aug 23, 2013

"Interview with Heidi Boghosian on Truthout"

From Spying on "Terrorists Abroad" to Using Massive Surveillance to Suppress Domestic Dissent: When We Become the Hunted.  An interview by Mark Karlin with Heidi Boghosian. 

-Mark Karlin, Truthout

"Amazon Received $600 Million CIA Computer Cloud Contract: Surveillance Shopping?"

How do you think Jeff Bezos will allow the Washington Post to cover surveillance and spying concerns?

-Mark Karlin, Truthout Aug 21, 2013

Heidi Boghosian interview on Counterspin

Edward Snowden's NSA's surveillance disclosures have sparked a debate over privacy, spying and civil liberties. Heidi Boghosian in her new book Spying on Democracy tells the history of those issues, and warns about the threat to democracy posed by snooping government agencies and corporations.

-Peter Hart Aug 16, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian featured on KPFK Los Angeles"

 Heidi Boghosian's comment was featured as the"Subversive Thought of the Day" on KPFA Los Angeles. 

"Without a free press to expose and challenge it, surveillance will continue unabated in its many forms."- Heidi Boghosian 

-KPFA, Uprising Radio Aug 13, 2013

"What rights do we have on our digital data?"

Lee Fang from The Nation and Heidi Boghosian from the National Lawyers Guild converse with Karen Finney about the practices companies use to gather digital data.

-Karen Finney, MSNBC Aug 11, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian interviewed on Russia Today TV"

The massive surveillance by the NSA continues, but now intelligence officials have come forward to add more detailed information on how exactly the agency sifts through communications. Since Edward Snowden leaked information on the NSA, surveillance has gathered much needed attention and has lawmakers debating the issue. Heidi Boghosian, executive director for the National Lawyers Guild, and Brian Duggan, technologist for Open Technology Institute discuss how Edward Snowden changed the scene.

-Sam Sacks, Russia Today TV Aug 8, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian interviewed on KZYX's 'Forthright Radio' "

An engaging interview with KZYX's Joy LaClaire about Heidi Boghosian's new book. 

-Joy LaClaire, KZYX Aug 6, 2013

"Excerpt from Spying on Democracy on Utne.com"

Government Surveillance: Then and Now. Heidi Boghosian discusses whether or not government surveillance really make us safer. 

- Heidi Boghosian, Utne.com Jul 30, 2013

"Interview with Ian Masters on KPFK's 'Background Briefing' "

Heidi Boghosian discusses the very close 217 to 205 vote in the House that killed an amendment to curb the NSA's authority under section 215 of the Patriot Act to gather metadata on American citizens. She also provides an analysis of the alliance between Tea Party Republicans and progressive Democrats who narrowly lost to a coalition of the NSA, the White House and the Minority and Majority leadership of the House.

-Ian Masters, KPFK's "Background Briefing" Jul 25, 2013

"Whatever Happened to MoveOn.Org? Progressives and NSA Spying"

"Heidi Boghosian, executive director of the National Lawyer's Guild, explains that one of the first things the government does is target the individuals who are challenging either its policies or the corporate power structure. Evidence of such targets is mounting. Environmental activists and animal rights activists were labeled the top domestic terrorism threat in 2005. The brutal tactics used to suppress the Occupy movement should have given serious pause to activists on all fronts.
Boghosian points out that the spying program also has serious implications for client/attorney communications. When people know that their conversations are being listened in on, it inevitably alters the way they communicate with their attorney, just as it can stifle what a source reveals to a journalist. . . ."

-Jessica Bernstein Jul 13, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian discusses NSA's surveillance programs on Russia Today"

Author Heidi Boghosian appeared on Russia Today to discuss the NSA's surveillance programs and whether they are actually legal or not.

-Russia Today Jul 5, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian interview on Democracy Now"

Boghosian discusses how the FBI's use of drones for U.S. surveillance raises fears over privacy, widening corporate-government ties. 

-Amy Goodman, Democracy Now Jun 21, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian interviewed on Phoenix New Times"

Boghosian comments upon the Phoenix Police Department's use of federal anti-terrorism resources to track occupy protesters.

-Monica Alonzo, Phoenix New Times Jun 20, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian interviewed on Canadian News TV"

Boghosian discusses the Obama administration's damage-control tactics with the press regarding disclosure of their NSA surveillance programs. 

-Scott Laurie, CTV News Jun 16, 2013

Heidi Boghosian interviewed on KALW's "Your Call"

"Your Call" explores the impacts of the National Security Agency's data collection system and revelations about tech companies sharing your personal information. Even before this program was exposed, civil liberties advocates called President Obama's record  'dismal.' They say he has expanded the Bush administration's worst policies. What explains this? How is the public responding? And what precedent does this set? Heidi Boghosian answers these questions along with other panelists. 

-Becca Hoekstra, KALW Jun 13, 2013

Heidi Boghosian featured in "99%--The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film"

From NY Times Stephen Holden's "Critics Notebook": "The movie doesn't disguise its left-wing sympathies with the protesters, and it is bolstered by pungent political commentary from talking heads including Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone magazine; the author Naomi Wolf; and Heidi Boghosian, director of the National Lawyers Guild." 

-Stephen Holden, The New York Times Jun 12, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian radio interview"

Boghosian interviewed about the NSA's surveillance programs on WEAA's "Marc Steiner Show" in Baltimore, MD.

-Marc Steiner, "Mark Steiner Show" Jun 11, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian radio interview"

Boghosian interviewed about the NSA's surveillance programs on WPKN, Bridgeport, CT's "Between the Line."

-WPKN, Bridgeport, CT's Jun 10, 2013

"Heidi Boghosian radio interview"

Heidi Boghosian interviewed on KPFA, Berkeley, CA's, "Saturday Morning Talkies" with Kris Welsh.  Interview begins at 22 minutes.

-Kris Welsh, KPFA, "Saturday Morning Talkies" Jun 8, 2013

"Essay "The Business of Surveillance" by Heidi Boghosian in Human Rights Magazine"

"Cloaked in the name of convenience and expediency, electronic technology is literally embedded in most aspects of modern-daily life. But for every way in which these systems improve life in our society, more sinister applications undermine privacy and threaten human rights, specifically privacy and First Amendment–protected activities. The impending ubiquity of such devices, irrespective of their original purpose, erodes privacy and endangers a robust participatory democracy: The more we grow to accept that all kinds of information will be transmitted about us in everyday life, the more we accede to the potential abuses of this information. In George Orwell's 1984, the all-seeing state was represented by a two-way television set. In a more modern adaptation, it would be represented by the devices we carry in our pockets and the very clothes we wear on our backs."--Heidi Boghosian

-Heidi Boghosian, Human Rights Magazine May 1, 2013

"All policing, no protest around the inauguration"

It will be big on policing and little protest at Obama's inauguration.  Heidi Boghosian, author of the forthcoming City Lights book Spying on Democracy, explains why.

-Natasha Lennard, Salon Jan 16, 2013

"Attorney Heidi Boghosian Speech: National Special Security Events"

Heidi Boghosian talks about tactical strategies deployed by police during the Republican National Convention in Tampa and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, which challenged the civil rights of protesters.

-Law and Disorder Radio Sep 10, 2012

"One Woman's Data Trail Diary"

Heidi Boghosian shares an account of her personal data trail with the New York Times.

-Scott Shane, The New York Times Aug 31, 2012

Heidi Boghosian on the "Nerd Scare"

Heidi Boghosian on the "Nerd Scare," a phrase used by the National Lawyers Guild to describe a wave of subpoenas and indictments aimed at people thought to be members of activist hacker groups.

-Colin Moynihan, The New York Times Aug 5, 2011