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One Nation Under SurveillanceA New Social Contract to Defend Freedom Without Sacrificing Liberty$
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Simon Chesterman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199674954.001.0001

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The End of Privacy

(p.1) Introduction
One Nation Under Surveillance

Simon Chesterman

Oxford University Press

This book examines the government's increasing collection of information on the citizenry and how such information is used. It considers three factors that are blurring the distinction between foreign and domestic intelligence, and its implications for privacy: national borders are not respected by many of the threats facing modern democracies, including terrorism; advances in technology and communications; and changes in culture that are gradually reducing the sphere of activity that citizens can reasonably expect to be hidden from government eyes. The emphasis is on the acquisition of secrets and the resolution of mysteries, and how threats, technology, and culture have shaped intelligence practices. The book also analyses how intelligence services operate within the modern political and legal context and looks at three cases that illustrate the evolution of intelligence: United States, Britain, and the United Nations. The intention is to refashion the relationship between privacy and national security within the framework of a social contract in which citizens play an active role as participants rather than passive targets, in order to defend freedom without compromising liberty.

Keywords:   citizenry, intelligence, privacy, terrorism, United States, Britain, United Nations, national security, freedom, liberty

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