The War on Our Freedoms: Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism / Edition 1

The War on Our Freedoms: Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism / Edition 1

by Richard C. Leone, Gregory Anrig
     
 

ISBN-10: 1586482106

ISBN-13: 9781586482107

Pub. Date: 06/17/2003

Publisher: PublicAffairs

In each generation, for different reasons, America witnesses a tug of war between the instinct to suppress and the instinct for openness. Today, with the perception of a mortal threat from terrorists, the instinct to suppress is in the ascendancy. Part of the reason for this is the trauma that our country experienced on September 11, 2001, and part of the reason is

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In each generation, for different reasons, America witnesses a tug of war between the instinct to suppress and the instinct for openness. Today, with the perception of a mortal threat from terrorists, the instinct to suppress is in the ascendancy. Part of the reason for this is the trauma that our country experienced on September 11, 2001, and part of the reason is that the people who are in charge of our government are inclined to use the suppression of information as a management strategy.

Rather than waiting ten or fifteen years to point out what's wrong with the current rush to limit civil liberties in the name of "national security," these essays by top thinkers, scholars, journalists, and historians lift the veil on what is happening and why the implications are dangerous and disturbing and ultimately destructive of American values and ideals. Without our even being aware, the judiciary is being undermined, the press is being intimidated, racial profiling is rampant, and our privacy is being invaded. The "war on our freedoms " is just as real as the "war on terror "-and, in the end, just as dangerous.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586482107
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
06/17/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: The Quiet Republic: The Missing Debate About Civil Liberties After 9/111
1A Familiar Story: Lessons from Past Assaults on Freedoms23
2Security and Liberty: Preserving the Values of Freedom47
3No Checks, No Balances: Discarding Bedrock Constitutional Principles74
4"The Least Worst Place": Life in Guantanamo100
5Under a Watchful Eye: Incursions on Personal Privacy128
6Who Are "We" Now? The Collateral Damage to Immigration147
7The New American Dilemma: Racial Profiling Post-9/11170
8From Saviors to Suspects: New Threats to Infectious Disease Research193
9Need to Know: Governing in Secret220
10Watchdogs on a Leash: Closing Doors on the Media237
11The Fog of War: Covering the War on Terrorism256
12The Go-for-Broke Presidency: Can National Unity and Partisanship Coexist?276
13On the Home Front: A Lawyer's Struggle to Defend Rights After 9/11295
Contributors313
Acknowledgments317

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