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Technology

Eyes in the Sky

by Arthur Holland Michel

Quick take

How a wartime invention became a peacetime weapon.

Why it’s worth it

Whether you’re a full-blown conspiracy theorist or only occasionally talk to the FBI agent watching you through your laptop, chances are you think you’re being surveilled by the U.S. government, a major corporation, or both. And you wouldn’t be totally wrong.

Eyes in the Sky is a fascinating book about one such surveillance technology that is already in use. Nicknamed the Gorgon Stare, this syste...

Overview

Eyes in the Sky is the authoritative account of how the Pentagon secretly developed a godlike surveillance system for monitoring America's enemies overseas, and how it is now being used to watch us in our own backyards. Whereas a regular aerial camera can only capture a small patch of ground at any given time, this system—and its most powerful iteration, Gorgon Stare—allow operators to track thous...

Preview

Get an early look from the first pages of Eyes in the Sky.

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