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Snitch!: A History of the Modern Intelligence Informer
by Steve Hewitt
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"Snitch! is a study of intelligence informers - people who secretly supply information to a domestic state security agency. Going back through history, from the rise of the modern security state to today's ongoing war on terror, Snitch! addresses the reasons people, such as Ronald Reagan or Walt Disney, choose to inform, why the state needs informers, and how information is both gathered and transmitted." "The wide-ranging research conducted by Steve Hewitt details both the practical and political aspects of informing, supported by numerous examples from various countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and the former Soviet Union. Hewitt argues that although the scale of the use of informers by domestic security agencies may differ from nation to nation, the nature of their use and the impact on those targeted do not. Often, the targets of this type of surveillance, especially in democratic societies, are individuals or groups marginalized in some way due to their political beliefs, gender, ethnicity, social class, or religion."--BOOK JACKET.
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