FDL Book Salon Welcomes Julia Angwin, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 1:59 pm

Back in July 2012, long before Edward Snowden’s leaks heightened the general public’s concern about online privacy, then Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin set off on a picaresque quest to find some kind of online privacy. The chronicle of that quest, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Surveillance, serves as a kind of user’s guide for our new dragnet world.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Betty Medsger, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI

By: Saturday March 29, 2014 1:59 pm

This book is a window into a period of American history when secret government used its vast powers to engage in the widespread quashing of dissent.

In the midst of this dark era, a group of conscientious citizens chose to burglarize an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, because they thought they might be able to confirm how the FBI was spying on Americans who dared to protest the policies of their government.

Late Night: It’s Gonna Be Alright

By: Friday November 9, 2012 8:00 pm

The goal for 2016 should be clear… namely, to nominate and elect someone who is worthy of progressive support, because it’s a philosophy that can win.

Late Night: The Strategic Corruption Reserve

By: Friday April 8, 2011 8:00 pm

Anyone see a disturbing pattern here?

Carol Rosenberg, Adjectives, and the Media at Gitmo

By: Saturday July 31, 2010 9:00 am

Nouns give an essay substance, and verbs give it motion. Adjectives transform it from black and white into color.

Consider Carol Rosenberg’s comments on the rules at the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Like Ansel Adams, she works with black and white, giving us a picture of the administration of justice, such as it is, at Gitmo. Even if she doesn’t use adjectives, they come through on their own. Words like “silly” and “vengeful” and “clueless.”

Holder and Gates give the US a black eye with the way Gitmo represents our system of justice to the world. Rosenberg, on the other hand, does the constitution proud.

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Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill
Chat with Mark Ebner about his new book. Hosted by Beth Karas.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
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The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War
Chat with John White about his new book. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah J. Nelson.


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