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Enemy Aliens
     

Enemy Aliens

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by David Cole
 
In the war on terrorism, the federal government has detained over 5,000 foreign nationals, engaged in guilt by association and ethnic profiling, and conducted secret searches and wiretaps without probable cause of criminality. These measures have been sold to the public on the ground that they affect only foreign nationals, not American citizens. In Enemy Aliens,

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In the war on terrorism, the federal government has detained over 5,000 foreign nationals, engaged in guilt by association and ethnic profiling, and conducted secret searches and wiretaps without probable cause of criminality. These measures have been sold to the public on the ground that they affect only foreign nationals, not American citizens. In Enemy Aliens, award-winning author, Georgetown law professor, and civil liberties lawyer David Cole argues that in balancing liberty and security we have consistently relied on a double standard, imposing measures on foreigners that we would not tolerate if they were applied more broadly to us all. Cole warns that while such a double standard is politically easy (the 20 million noncitizens living in the United States can't vote), it is constitutionally suspect, counterproductive as a security matter, and ultimately illusory, because history shows that acceptance of such treatment for outsiders paves the way for similar measures against American citizens. Coming on the heels of his multi-award-winning No Equal Justice, which exposed race- and class-based double standards in the criminal justice system, Enemy Aliens brings Cole's keen intelligence, constitutional acumen, and personal litigation experience to bear on the character of constitutional freedoms in the war on terrorism.

Editorial Reviews

Anthony Lewis
The harsh treatment of aliens since September 11 has had little political attention.... In this powerful book, Enemy Aliens, David Cole shows why we should care... He lays out the Bush administration's policies in the way they can best be understood, in their impact on individual aliens. His tone is measured, his legal hand sure. He lets the facts speak, and the result is gripping. Cole gives the most convincing view that I have read of the legal and bureaucratic threats that now face immigrants and visitors to America. But then he goes on to make an even more important point. The repressive measures that President Bush and Attorney General Ashcroft first took against aliens are now being applied to citizens.
The New York Review of Books
Publishers Weekly
About 5,000 foreign nationals have been detained by the United States since September 11 and denied basic constitutional rights in the name of "wartime" expediency. Cole, who has litigated civil liberties cases on behalf of resident aliens and writes for the Nation, argues that denying foreigners rights within our legal system usually ends with citizens being stripped of those same rights. Cole (No Equal Justice) documents how this process has already started and discusses provisions of the Patriot Act that he believes will allow for even further government encroachment on our freedom. He also provides detailed historical examples of the government's record of persecuting opposition voices in the name of security against a foreign menace. He argues for the moral and pragmatic importance of avoiding a double standard and according foreigners the same rights as citizens. (Sept. 26) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"David Cole is one of the country’s greatest voices for civil liberties today." —Anthony Lewis

"If there is a flaw in Cole’s logic, it escapes me." —John W. Dean, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Remarkable and fascinating." —The New York Review of Books

"A forceful antidote to the current round of xenophobic zeal. . . . Lucid and reasoned." —The Village Voice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565848009
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
09/26/2003
Pages:
315
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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.

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Enemy Aliens 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
he writes about important issues in a dispassionate way