Shane Harris is an author and magazine journalist who writes about national security issues. His book The Watchers (Penguin Press, 2010) is the story of five men who played central roles in creating a vast national security apparatus and the ensuing rise of surveillance in America. The Watchers won the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism; Harris received the 2010 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He has been a four-time finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honor the best journalists in America under the age of thirty-five. He is currently a senior writer at Washingtonian magazine.