New Ambinder surveillance book: Deep State

Marc Ambinder and D. B. Grady, journalists at The Week/GQ/The Atlantic have a new book “Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry.” Here’s part of the publisher’s blurb:

There is a hidden country within the United States. It was formed from the astonishing number of secrets held by the government and the growing ranks of secret-keepers given charge over them. The government secrecy industry speaks in a private language of codes and acronyms, and follows an arcane set of rules and customs designed to perpetuate itself, repel penetration, and deflect oversight. It justifies itself with the assertion that the American values worth preserving are often best sustained by subterfuge and deception.

There are indications that this deep state is crumbling. Necessary secrets are often impossible to keep, while frivolous secrets are kept forever. The entire system has fallen prey to political manipulation, with leaks carefully timed to advance agendas, and over-classification given to indefensible government activities.

The book is currently available via Kindle and in hardback in April. Shane Harris at the Washingtonian reviews it here.

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