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Enemy Aliens

Enemy Aliens

by David Cole


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When David Cole was first writing Enemy Aliens, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the anti-immigrant brand of American patriotism was at a fever pitch. Now, as the pendulum swings back, and court after court finds the Bush administration’s tactics of secrecy and assumption of guilt unconstitutional, Cole’s book stands as a prescient and critical indictment of the double standards we have applied in the war on terror.

Called “brilliantly argued” by Edward Said and “the essential book in the field” by former CIA director James Woolsey, Enemy Aliens shows why it is a moral, constitutional, and practical imperative to afford every person in the United States the protections from government excesses that we expect for ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565849389
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 07/11/2005
Edition description: New Introduction by Author
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x (d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1Responding To 9/11
1.Their Liberty, Our Security: An Overview17
2.The Disappeared22
3.Ethnic Profiling47
4.Patriots and Enemies: Redefining Terrorism57
5.Targeting Citizens72
Part 2History Lessons
6.Crossing the Citizen-Noncitizen Divide: An Overview85
7.Enemy Aliens and Enemy Races88
8.Alien Radicals and Radical Citizens: From Anarchism to Sedition105
9."The Course of Least Resistance": J. Edgar Hoover's First Job and the Palmer Raids of 1919-20116
10.The Second Red Scare: Targeting Radical Citizens129
11.Extending the Boundaries: From Martin Luther King, Jr., to Watergate154
12.From Communism to Terrorism: Lessons of a Young Lawyer159
Part 3Security
13.Legitimacy and Double Standards183
Part 4The Right Thing To Do
14.The Bill of Rights as Human Rights211
Conclusion: Breaking the Cycle228

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