Research Resources: Black List

April 13, 2013

Black List

Black List was a fascinating book to research. I have been intrigued with the concept of “total surveillance” ever since I read George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984.

I love technology – in particular American technology – especially when it’s used to defeat bad guys. But as a writer, I couldn’t help but wonder what might happen if technology suddenly was used to defeat good guys. That’s where the idea for Black List was born.

As I wrote the novel, not a day went by when a new article on “total surveillance” didn’t pop up somewhere. Below, I have listed some of the books that were stacked on my desk during the research phase as well as some of the articles that were bookmarked on my computer as I tried to get my arms around a topic that is both incredibly interesting and potentially terrifying.

This is only a small amount of what’s out there and I encourage you to research this subject for yourself. Fair warning: it can be overwhelming – like trying to drink from a fire hose. Good luck!


The Shadow Factory: The NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America by James Bamford

Search & Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc. by Scott Cleland and Ira Brodsky

IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation by Edwin Black

Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent by Fred Burton (This excellent book is where I got the idea for the jacket-switching scene in DC)

America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare by Joel Brenner

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do about It by Richard A. Clarke, Robert Knake


Cyber attack ‘could fell US within 15 minutes’

Renewed Concern Over ‘Digital’ Pearl Harbor

Government Simulates Cyber Attack for Training

False Flag Cyber Attack Could Takedown The Internet

Ex-U.S. spy chief says may take crisis for new cyber law

Cyber Storm Exercise

Pentagon: Offensive cyber attacks fair game

Post-September 11, NSA ‘enemies’ include us

NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

Former NSA employees admit gov’t is gathering data on… you

The NSA Is Building An Artificial Intelligence System That Can Read Minds

Big Brother is Eyeing Us – For Good or Evil?

Supreme Court Justice Warns of Orwellian Government

DHS Launches ‘Minority Report’ Pre-Crime Detection Program

14 New Ways That The Government Is Watching You

Surveillance and The Digital Panopticon

New Street Lights To Have “Homeland Security” Applications

Facial recognition technology poses privacy concerns

At least 63 active drone sites around the U.S.

Groups Concerned Over Arming Of Domestic Drones

Google, Twitter and Facebook co-opted for surveillance work

How I tracked down an entire family from one Tweet

Facebook admits watching its members – even when they have logged out

Keep Your Hands Off My FaceBook, George Soros

Google voice = Free voiceprint recognition for NSA

E-totalitarianism at Google

DHS Opens New National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center

DHS Mulls Massive Surveillance Across the U.S..

DHS Monitoring Journalist Activity Online

Microsoft Executive Tapped For Top DHS Cyber Post

FBI quietly forms secretive Net-surveillance unit

5 Things You Should Know About the FBI’s Massive New Biometric Database

NSA has massive database of Americans’ Phone Calls

NSA warrantless surveillance controversy

This Week: Appeals Court to Weigh NSA Dragnet Surveillance

The new technology at the root of the NSA wiretap scandal

Why computer-automated mass surveillance is a bad idea

Director of Federal Cybersecurity resigns over NSA dominance

Total Surveillance

No Place to Hide

RFID: Tracking everything, everywhere

Feds at DefCon Alarmed After RFIDs Scanned

OnStar Begins Spying On Customers’ GPS Location For Profit?

With Apple’s Operating System You’ll Be Stalked Like Never Before

Website can find your exact location with your phone number

Police can now steal cell phone data “without the owner knowing.”

HTC’s EVO 3D, EVO 4G and Thunderbolt Android phones leak information

Software capable of tracking all actions found on Smartphones

The FBI is on your cell phone. Do you care?

DOJ Document Shows How Long Telcos Hold Onto Your Data

U.S. Government Requests for Google User Data Spike 29% in Six Months

DOJ Proposes Letting Government Deny Existence of Sensitive Documents

In praise of chaos: Government Internet control should be resisted

Internet ‘kill switch’ proposed for US

House cybersecurity bill would establish federal overseer

Cyberwar Hype Intended to Destroy the Open Internet

Watching Big Brother: Privacy Board Delayed

Who Was Behind Net Neutrality?

Details of Secret Government “Kill List”

U.S. Citizens to be designated as “enemies” during collapse

The Last Roundup: Main Core Database

Brookings: Digital Storage as an Enabler of Authoritarian Governments

Europe proposes computer “Black Box” to track web history

Europe pushes for mandatory Internet ID

Did U.S. Technology Aid Bloody Crackdown on Syrian Dissidents?

Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Speech

U.S. Tracking “Infectious” Ideas Online

Manhunt Inc.: Firm ‘Tags’ Terrorists for Special Ops

Why are we so willing to share ourselves with Google, Facebook and our government?




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