Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security

Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security

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by David Cole, James X. Dempsey, Carole Goldberg
     
 

Tracing the history of government intrusions on Constitutional rights in response to threats from abroad, Cole and Dempsey warn that a society in which civil liberties are sacrificed in the name of national security is in fact less secure than one in which they are upheld.

A new chapter includes a discussion of domestic spying, preventive detention, the many

Overview

Tracing the history of government intrusions on Constitutional rights in response to threats from abroad, Cole and Dempsey warn that a society in which civil liberties are sacrificed in the name of national security is in fact less secure than one in which they are upheld.

A new chapter includes a discussion of domestic spying, preventive detention, the many court challenges to post–9/11 abuses, implementation of the PATRIOT ACT, and efforts to reestablish the checks and balances left behind in the rush to strengthen governmental powers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"In responding to the threat of terrorism, we must not trample upon the very freedoms that we are fighting for," say Cole and Dempsey, experts on civil rights law. Reminding readers that the 1996 Anti-Terrorism Act, passed under the "influences of emotion and political posturing," was not only contrary to civil rights but also ineffective, they assert that a similar overreaction has occurred with the 2001 PATRIOT Act and conclude that there can be no trade-off between security and civil liberties. (Sept. 5) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565847828
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.73(d)

What People are saying about this

Victor Navasky
[S]hould be read by anyone who cares about civil liberties. (Victor Navasky, Publisher and Editorial Director, The Nation)
John Conyers Jr.
I heartily recommend this book to all concerned with the protection of our traditional liberties.
Gore Vidal
A most useful book on a delicate subject.

Meet the Author


David Cole is the George Mitchell Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation. He is the author of No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System, the American Book Award–winning Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism, and The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable and is a co-author (with James Dempsey) of Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security and (with Jules Lobel) of Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror, both published by The New Press. He lives in Washington, D.C.

James X. Dempsey is executive director at the Center for Democracy and Technology and former assistant counsel to the U.S. House of Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Constitutional Rights.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
A very informed and useful tool for students and ordinary people in understanding the frightening rate at which in an overall way the government is eroding civil liberties, both in the present situation of the 'war on terrorism' and in an historical timeline from the 1996 Effective Death Penalty and Terrorism Act. Goes into many instances of the heavy hand of the state being used to go after political dissidents in this country. Overall very good and a very important read.