Dissent: Voices of Conscience

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Dissent in a Democracy profiles government officials whose loyalty to the Constitution and the American people ultimately transcended partisan politics. With careers, reputations, and personal safety on the line, they spoke out against the administration's misdeeds and cover-ups: Craig Murray, who leaked documents revealing horrific human rights abuses by coalition ally Uzbekistan; John Brady Kiesling and other ambassadors who resigned in the run-up to war; Bunnatine Greenhouse, who blew the lid off a massive ...
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Overview

Dissent in a Democracy profiles government officials whose loyalty to the Constitution and the American people ultimately transcended partisan politics. With careers, reputations, and personal safety on the line, they spoke out against the administration's misdeeds and cover-ups: Craig Murray, who leaked documents revealing horrific human rights abuses by coalition ally Uzbekistan; John Brady Kiesling and other ambassadors who resigned in the run-up to war; Bunnatine Greenhouse, who blew the lid off a massive government contracting scandal; military officials like General Eric Shinseki; and many others who demonstrated the courage of their convictions. From desk jockeys to high-ranking diplomats, these patriotic men and women share one common trait: a willingness to stand up and speak truth to power. By exposing policies and actions that run counter to the best interests of the nation and its people, they elucidate why dissent is crucial to a thriving democracy.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780977333844
  • Publisher: Koa Books
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Saying NO to USA Empire

    The illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has now entered its sixth year, and even though the American electorate has voiced strong desire at the polls since 2006 to get U.S. troops out, both the Bush regime and Congress have refused this democratic mandate to pull out. So how can citizens take the initiative to stop this imperial war? Ann Wright--a 29-year veteran of the U.S. Army and State Dept. who righteously resigned her post at the start of the fraudulent U.S. invasion in 2003--has written a highly readable account of the many USA government officials and even soldiers who have refused to participate in this illegal aggression. Along with co-author Susan Dixon, Wright has compiled an impressive listing of hundreds of American'and also many others from the 'Coalition of the Willing' nations'government employees who have turned into courageous 'refuse-niks' to oppose this Imperial misadventure. The most touching passages are statements from the GI refuse-niks--most of whom originally believed they were serving their country--who have since learned the grim realities of U.S. imperial policies from their actual experiences on the ground in this genocidal War on Iraq. A careful dissemination and reading of DISSENT will help to spark many more citizens' efforts to oppose the logic of the modern American Empire.

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