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Fortress America: On the Front Lines of Homeland Security

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Heavily armed guards at the entrances to malls and restaurants. Citizens deemed “suspicious” taken away without formal charges or legal counsel. Would a “safe” America even look like America anymore?

One of the few journalists to penetrate the new counter terror initiative, Matthew Brzezinski offers an insider’s look at the new technology, laws, tactics, and persistent vuln
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Bantam (first published August 31st 2004)
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Will Byrnes
Although the author harbors strong political prejudices, try to overlook occasional eruptions and focus on what it worthwhile in the book. He looks at different aspects of security in the USA in each of ten chapters. It is interesting and eye-opening. This is not a must-read, but it is a nice to have. An index would have been nice. The major bits of info here are the emasculation of DHS aborning, the likelihood that a bio or chemical attack will have catastrophic effects on the economy, and that ...more
Jul 06, 2008 Eric rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pointless fear-mongering about the ills of technology. The Nazi, Russian, East German, Cambodian, and Chinese secret police forces managed to have very effective intelligence collection methods without spy satellites or the internet.

The rise of a police state has much more to do with the social and political climates of the time than it does to do with the technology available.
Gary Flaherty
Oct 26, 2013 Gary Flaherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Fortress America” by Matthew Brzezinski

“Fortress America” by Matthew Brzezinski is a book about post 9/11 counter terror actions to avoid the threat of biological warfare or another terrorist attack against the United States. The actions of the U.S. vary from Air travel measures being severely increased, to scanners in common cities discreetly stashed for detecting any disease in the air. Throughout the book, Matt interviews different government officials to get to the bottom line of what we’re
A perspective on defense from within, this book focuses on counterterrorism. Current, prospective, and projected methods are scrutinized. The question seems to be whether the nation will choose liberty or, at any cost, security now and in the future.
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Matthew Brzezinski is a Polish-American writer. Matthew first worked as a journalist in Warsaw, writing for The New York Times and The Economist. He was a Wall Street Journal staff reporter in Moscow and Kiev in the late 1990s. Relocating to the US, he became a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, covering counter-terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11. His work has appeared in many ot ...more
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