The True History of Whistleblowers, Drone Warfare, and Mass Surveillance: A Graphic Novel
With striking visuals, VERAX guides readers through the complex maneuverings that the NSA, the FBI, the CIA, and their worldwide counterparts have engaged in since 2001.
In a wholly original and engaging telling, VERAX ("truth-teller" and one of Edward Snowden's code names) recounts the full story of American electronic surveillance post 9/11, in brilliant comics form. We follow Pratap Chatterjee, journalist sleuth, as he dives into the world of mass surveillance and introduces its cast of characters: companies, users, government agencies, whistleblowers, journalists, and, in a leading role, the devices themselves. He explains the complex ways governments follow the movements and interactions of individuals and countries, whether by tracking the players of Angry Birds, deploying "Stingrays" to listen in on phone calls, or weaponizing programs to remotely guide the U.S. missiles used in drone killings. He chronicles the complicity of corporations like Apple, Verizon, and Google, and the daring of the journalists and whistleblowers—from Snowden to the lesser-known NSA Four—who made sure that the world would know. Finally, he gives a prognosis for the future of mass surveillance, and for the fate of those who resist it.
Condensing the broad, complex history of 21st-century surveillance into a compact and vivid work, VERAX is a valuable contribution that is certain to last.
Pratap Chatterjee is the author of Halliburton's Army and Iraq, Inc. An investigative reporter for the last 25 years, he has won awards from the National Newspaper Association, the National Network of Community Broadcasters, the Overseas Press Club of America, and the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists, as well as five Project Censored awards. His articles have appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the Village Voice, and the New Republic, among other publications. He has also produced TV reports for Channel Four TV in the UK and Democracy Now! in the US. A winner of the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award, he serves on the board of Amnesty International.
Khalil is the coauthor of Zahra's Paradise, a New York Times bestselling graphic novel that has been published in 16 languages worldwide and nominated for two Eisner awards. His political cartoons have been published by the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and other major newspapers, and his work is distributed to over 2,000 publications nationwide.
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