Before the Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism

Before the Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism

by Bruce Ackerman
ISBN-10:
0300112890
ISBN-13:
9780300112894
Pub. Date:
04/28/2006
Publisher:
Yale University Press

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Before the Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism

A leading legal thinker confronts the predictable panics that follow terrorist attacks and proposes an "emergency constitution" that will place new checks and balances on potential abuses of presidential power. His commonsense plan grants the government extraordinary powers to prevent a second strike in the short run, but protects our civil liberties from destruction over the longer run.

About the Author:
Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300112894
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Emergency Constitution     1
Diagnosis
This Is Not a War     13
This Is Not a Crime     39
This Is an Emergency     58
Prescription
The Political Constitution     77
The Role of Judges     101
American Exceptionalism     122
If Washington Blows Up?     142
The Morning After     169
Notes     175
Acknowledgments     209
Index     213

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