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The War on the Bill of Rights—and the Gathering Resistance

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"The Constitution," said Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ominously in March 2003, "just sets minimums. Most of the rights that you enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires." In The War on the Bill of Rights-and the Gathering Resistance, nationally syndicated columnist and Village Voice mainstay Nat Hentoff draws on untapped sources-from reporters, resisters, ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 2nd 2003 by Seven Stories Press (first published 2003)
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Nov 30, 2008 Paul rated it really liked it
The US Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights (the first ten Amendments) is supposed to be the law of the land. This book tells how, since 9/11, it has been shredded by the USA PATRIOT Act, in the name of security.

It is now legal for the government to search a person’s home without informing the person being searched. It doesn’t pertain to just “terrorism” cases; it can now apply to all criminal cases. The Fourth Amendment’s provision concerning reasonable searches and seizures has been s
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Shelves: political
There was some very valuable information in this book but it was presented in a very dry, boring way.
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Nathan Irving "Nat" Hentoff was a historian, novelist, music critic, and syndicated columnist. As a civil libertarian and free-speech activist, he has been described by the Cato Institute—where he has been a senior fellow since 2009—as "one of the foremost authorities on the First Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker for over 25 years, and was formerly a co ...more
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