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Eyes and Spies: Reflections on the History of Surveillance
Wed 19 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
We Know All About You is the story of surveillance in Britain and the United States, from the detective agencies of the late nineteenth century to 'wikileaks' and CIA whistle-blower Edward Snowden in the twenty-first.
Written by prize-winning historian and intelligence expert Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, it is the first full overview of its kind. Delving into the roles of credit agencies, private detectives, and phone-hacking journalists as well as agencies like the FBI and NSA in the USA and GCHQ and MI5 in the UK, Jeffreys-Jones highlights malpractices such as the blacklist and illegal electronic interceptions.
He demonstrates that several presidents - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon - conducted various forms of political surveillance, and also how British agencies have been under a constant cloud of suspicion for similar reasons. Continuing with an account of the 1970s' leaks that revealed how the FBI and CIA kept tabs on anti-Vietnam War protestors, he assesses the reform impulse of this era - an impulse that began in America and only gradually spread to Britain.
This event will be chaired by Professor Frank Cogliano of the University of Edinburgh.
For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org