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»The FBI, unlike the CIA, has never had a charter, a legal document passed by Congress and signed by the president spelling out its responsibilities and limits. Weiner concludes by noting the increasing ubiquity of government surveillance that once was considered unacceptable: „the gaze of closed-circuit cameras, the gloved hands of airport guards, the phalanx of cops and guardsmen in combat gear.“«
Jon Wiener on Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner. His review at

»Weiner, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former New York Times reporter who has spent years writing about America’s security apparatus and who won the National Book Award for his history of the C.I.A., Legacy of Ashes, has done prodigious research, yet tells this depressing story with all the verve and coherence of a good spy thriller.«
Kevin Baker on Enemies: A History of the F.B.I by Tim Weiner. His review can be read at