Preview: No Escaping Dragnet Nation

March 12, 2014

This week, as the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein publicly accused the CIA of spying on her committee’s computers, Bill talks with investigative reporter Julia Angwin, author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance.

The book chronicles the indiscriminate tracking of our everyday lives — where government and business are stockpiling data about us at an unprecedented pace. Reporters are a prime target for internet snooping, says Angwin, “Journalists are the canary in the coal mine. We’re the first ones to seriously feel the impact of total surveillance, which means we can’t protect our sources. But what happens next? What happens next is we’re not good watch dogs for democracy. And that’s a very worrisome situation.”

Julia Angwin covered the business and technology beat at The Wall Street Journal for 13 years, and is a Pulitzer Prize winner now working for the independent news organization ProPublica.

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  • Anonymous

    And you are planning on airing this when?

  • NotARedneck

    The wealthy in the US have about the same proportion and disparity of wealth as the Russian upper classes had in the last half century of the Romanoffs. They both have a similar, minimal and largely detrimental effect on real wealth creation and use their position similarly to exploit the masses.

    Consequently, both require(d) a massive surveillance apparatus to keep the disaffection from bubbling over. The US has got to the point where it is very likely that, like Russia in 1917, democratic means will prove inadequate to reverse this crime.

  • Theresa Riley

    WaveRunnerMN: Bill’s interview with Julie Angwin will air this weekend on many public television stations. You can check your local listings here: You can also watch the full interview here at starting Friday after noon.

    Thanks for your interest!

    Theresa @ Moyers