Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security / Edition 3

Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security / Edition 3

by David Cole
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1565849396

ISBN-13: 9781565849396

Pub. Date: 01/16/2006

Publisher: New Press, The

In a vivid and important critique of our government's response to terrorist threats, two leading constitutional scholars warn that many anti-terrorism efforts needlessly sacrifice civil liberties without effectively protecting national security. Cole and Dempsey contend that in its response to the attacks of September 11, the Bush administration has already repeated

Overview

In a vivid and important critique of our government's response to terrorist threats, two leading constitutional scholars warn that many anti-terrorism efforts needlessly sacrifice civil liberties without effectively protecting national security. Cole and Dempsey contend that in its response to the attacks of September 11, the Bush administration has already repeated many of the worst mistakes of the past, and is unlikely to make Americans more secure. By comparing recent anti-terrorism legislation to previous law enforcement abuses -- from anti-Communist measures of the 1950s to FBI spying on civil rights activists in the 1960s, and the investigation and harassment of critics of U.S. foreign policy in the 1980s and 1990s -- the authors make a compelling case that today's anti-terrorism activity expands the powers of the FBI and other agencies in ways that are neither necessary nor desirable in a free society. The book concludes with an extended, detailed blueprint that shows how we can fight terrorism without relying on guilt by association, secret proceedings, and unchecked intrusions on privacy, and how we will be safer in the long run if we adhere to these basic democratic principles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565849396
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
01/16/2006
Edition description:
Revised and Updated
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Dedicationv
Preface to the Second Editionix
Foreword to the First Editionxiii
1.Introduction1
Part IInvestigating First Amendment Activities: The FBI's Recent History
2.The FBI's Investigation of Central American Activists, 1981 - 198521
3.The Investigation and Attempted Deportation of the Los Angeles 835
4.Intelligence Investigations from Amnesty International to Earth First!49
Part IIControl vs. Discretion: The Limits of Legal Restrictions on the FBI's Authority
5.Mechanisms for Control of the FBI65
6.Seventy-Five Years of Reform and Retrenchment71
7.Constitutional Limits--The Role of the Judiciary91
Part IIIThe 1996 and 2001 Antiterrorism Acts: Curtailing Civil Liberties in the Name of Fighting Terrorism
8.Prologue to the 1996 Antiterrorism Act107
9.The 1996 Antiterrorism Act's Central Provisions117
10.The Impact of the 1996 Act127
11.Fighting a War against Terrorism, at Home and Abroad147
12.Conclusion177
AppendixLaw Professors' Petition189

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