Silencing Political Dissent: How Post-September 11 Anti-Terrorism Measures Threaten Our Civil Liberties

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This timely analysis examines how the hastily approved USA Patriot Act endows the executive branch with vast new powers, erodes civil liberties, and adversely impacts immigrants.
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Silencing Political Dissent: How Post-September 11 Anti-Terrorism Measures Threaten Our Civil Liberties

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Overview

This timely analysis examines how the hastily approved USA Patriot Act endows the executive branch with vast new powers, erodes civil liberties, and adversely impacts immigrants.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583224946
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 2/10/2002
  • Series: Open Media Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 515,831
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

NANCY CHANG is the Senior Litigation Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City. Nancy’s work at CCR has focused on protecting the First Amendment rights of political activists against government efforts to silence dissent, safeguarding civil liberties against measures taken in the name of national security, protecting the constitutional rights of immigrants, and combating racial profiling.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Foreword 11
Introduction 13
1 The Constitution in Turmoil 19
Criminalizing Political Dissent 22
Interfering with the Right to Freedom of Political Association 27
Targeting Perceived Enemies for Detention and Deportation 37
2 How the USA Patriot Act Undermines Our Civil Liberties 43
Blurring the Line Between Ideology and Terrorism 44
Tolling the Death Knell on Privacy 46
Stripping Noncitizens of Constitutional Protections 62
3 Edging Toward Government by Executive Fiat 67
America's Disappeared 69
Monitoring the Attorney-Client Communications of Federal Inmates 87
4 Silencing Political Dissent 92
A Question of Patriotism 93
Guilt By Association 103
The Rise of Government Secrecy 124
5 Reclaiming Our Civil Liberties 135
Notes 138
About the Author 167
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Is this joke?

    The right to dissent curtailed? I have seen no evidence of this Of course the abuse and ridicule heaed on anyone who admits to being a Christian, a conservative, or still proud of America has silenced many if those voices through fear of being tagged by one of the hateful labels thar libersls are
    so fond of using against anyone who dares to disagree eith them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    Fight the Police State Measures

    A great book for students, activists, teachers and just about everybody. Very well informed and well written. You cannot read this and not be scared and angry at the past injustices and the ones coming just around the corner. Places the USA PATRIOT ACT within its historical context of the ever tightening noose of political repression from the Palmer Raids, the round-ups of Japanese Americans during WW2, Cointelpro of the 1960's, etc,. If you value your voice and your conscience you must read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    A Must Read For ALL Americans !

    The author writes in a straightforward way and offers clear insight into the dismantling of our Constitutional Rights. Thanks to the author's keen perception and understanding, she is able to take you through the most controversial changes in the new post 9-11 legislation, and allow you to see how easily the Patriot Act *could be abused* to turn rightful protest to fit the crime of 'terrorism'. The book investigates how these new laws give our new 'militarized' government unprecedented new powers never intended by our founding fathers, and how the current Bush/Ashcroft administration is bunkering itself behind a cloak of secrecy in which information is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to obtain by the public, and even by Congress itself. Read our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Then read this book. It will make your hair stand on end. This book is a must for everyone who loves America and wants to defend the ideals, principles and laws on which this country was founded.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2003

    Dissenters UNITE

    This is a MUST read for all those that want to dissent and fight the system in this day in age. We must know how we have been stripped of our freedom to dissent in this country. This knowledge as activists would greatly encourage and streangthen our cause. The book gives a very clear cut explantion of what the United States Government done to limit our Rights to question our government or even unite and assemble against the government. Those that are blindly patriotic to our country would really like this book as well, its gives them the reasurence they need to know that those "crazy anarchists" protesting in the streets wont get far in their message. However, those "crazy anarchists," so to speak, are getting their voices heard, and it will be a matter of time when the rest of America wakes up and fights for what is right and not for the intrests of the top 5% of this population. Well thats it for this one. PEOPLE UNITE!

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