Lost Liberties: Ashcroft and the Assault on Personal Freedom

Lost Liberties: Ashcroft and the Assault on Personal Freedom


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In the wake of September 11, John Ashcroft’s Justice Department has presided over an unprecedented assault on the civil liberties established in the Bill of Rights. Enacted in haste and, at times, in partial secrecy, the legislation and orders have not been carefully examined, and their implications are only now beginning to surface. Not since the internment of Japanese Americans during the 1940s have we witnessed such abridgment of American rights.

While the loss of liberties has been met with apathy by the press and public alike, the lawyers and analysts in Lost Liberties provide a detailed, comprehensive look at the USA Patriot Act, chronicling the destructive impact of crackdowns on thousands of Americans and revisiting the ugly history of political repression in times of crisis. Featuring original contributions from David Cole, Michael Tomasky, Nancy Chang, Kenneth Roth, and Anthony Romero, Lost Liberties will be a critical text for those who want to know in advance the long-term implications of these drastic measures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565848290
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 7.88(h) x (d)

About the Author

Cynthia Brown, former program director of Human Rights Watch, is now a freelance consultant and editor based in New York.

Table of Contents

I.Tools for a New Kind of War
1.The Course of Least Resistance: Repeating History in the War on Terrorism13
2.How Democracy Dies: The War on Our Civil Liberties33
3.After 9/11: A Surveillance State?52
II.The Ashcroft Approach
4.Secret Arrests and Preventive Detention75
5.Racial Profiling Post-9/11: Old Story, New Debate91
6.Living in Fear: How the U.S. Government's War on Terror Impacts American Lives112
7.The War on Terrorism: Guantanamo Prisoners, Military Commissions, and Torture132
8.Breaking the Code: Or, Can the Press Be Saved from Itself?151
III.Privacy, Secrecy, and Public Health
9.Balancing in a Crisis? Bioterrorism, Public Health, and Privacy161
10.The Public Health Fallout from September 11: Official Deception and Long-Term Damage184
IV.Global Threat, Global Citizen
11.Axis of Antagonism: U.S.-European Relations and the War on Terror209
12.The "War on Terror" and Women's Rights: A Pakistan-Afghan Perspective222
13.Human Rights, the Bush Administration, and the Fight against Terrorism: The Need for a Positive Vision237


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