barry eisler

barry eisler

intro’d to Barry here – interview about apple and fbi on democracy now:

As Julian Sanchez, a guy I follow pretty closely because he knows a lot about these things, works with the Cato Institute, put it, this just isn’t about encryption, it’s about conscription. And I wish people would understand this a little bit better. It’s unprecedented for the government to be telling a private company what products it can create and what features it has to include in those products. As Tim Cook pointed out, where does this stop?


So this is another thing the government is typically good at. It tries to find the most attractive fact pattern it can to use as the thin edge of a wedge that it can then use in other less obvious fact patterns. ……They’re not doing this in the name of, I don’t know, preventing someone from shoplifting or something like that. They’ve chosen a very attractive fact pattern so that they can say the talking points that you were just parroting, which is like, “Come on, this is just to keep us safe from the really scary people who want to kill us all in our beds,” and who indeed did kill a lot of people in San Bernardino.


I think the fact that so many people, actually, that 38 percent, think it’s a really bad idea for Apple to be forced to do this is, in part, a tribute to the educational value of the Snowden revelations and all the journalism that’s been built on them, because I’m pretty sure—can’t really conduct this experiment, but I’m pretty sure that if it hadn’t been for Snowden’s revelations, the public would be focusing entirely on the keep-us-safe-from-the-terrorists aspect of this whole thing, and not on the but-this-is-going-to-destroy-privacy aspect.

p 2 – on snowden

started his book – the god’s eye view with snowden.. had it weaker (to make it believable) just before snowden ness was revealed

i do know the govt equates journalism with terrorism..

god’s eye view – fiction? – i have an 18 page bibliography at end of book.. all these things are real..

extended interview – on govt surveillance

probably my closest book – 2004 – about a list… never call these things what they are.. next war will be called an intervention

face recognition… false positives… hard to weed out.. what will happen when facial recog grows robust… and paired with close circuit tv… all sorts of monitors.. laptops et al

kind of depressing.. but govt has been inspiration of books


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Barry Eisler is a best-selling American novelist. He is the author of two thriller series, the first featuring anti-hero John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American former soldier turned freelance assassin, and a second featuring black opssoldier Ben Treven. Eisler also writes about politics and language on his blog Heart of the Matter, and at the blogsCHUD, Firedoglake, The Huffington Post,, The Smirking Chimp, and Truthout.


After completing law school, Eisler joined the CIA, where he trained for three years afterward and held a covert position with the Directorate of Operations. In 1992, he resigned after becoming disillusioned with the bureaucracy and joined the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges. In 1994, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work for the firm’s technology licensing division, then left to work in Japan for Matsushita.

In 1999, he returned to the Bay Area to join a startup.

In 2003, he started writing full-time, when he sold the rights to his debut novel, Rain Fall, the first of his series featuring John Rain.