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Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy

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In this eye-opening work, the president of the ACLU takes a hard look at the human and social costs of the War on Terror. Over a decade after 9/11, it is far from clear that the government's hastily adopted antiterrorist tactics--such as the Patriot Act--are keeping us safe, but it is increasingly clear that these emergency measures in fact have the potential to ravage our ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 2nd 2011)
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Jim
Sep 26, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
We The People have lost a lot of ground.This book is a look at how appallingly our rights have been eroded in the United States, independent of party affiliation or administration. The Executive branch has gained enormous power under FISA, the Patriot Act, and other similar initiatives as the Legislative and Judicial branches have simply punted away their voice. The book could have been subtitled "Just Trust Us", a phrase the author repeats to show that even well meaning people end up influencin ...more
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Maybe it was when I read it (near the end of the quarter, slipping from exhaustion and strain), or maybe it was the writing style. I don't know. I found the text interesting and informative, but I also found myself having a difficult time reading it. I had to keep going back and re-reading the same paragraph, outlining and highlighting areas to parse it. Often it seemed to be written in gibberish. I want to say people should definitely read it, but I think maybe only pick it up when you have lot ...more
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A strident warning about the government abuses in the name of the "war on terror", as well as informing that, contrary to some Correct thinking, it did not all vanish once "we got rid of Bush", or start with him either (It also cover's the FIRST "anti-terror" law, which the Times now only refers to as "a controversial 1996 law" without mentioning Cl*nt*n or R*n*.)

However, she frequently uses loaded language to push her case. The label "dragnet" is so widely used (as an adjective) it amounts to
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Susan N. Herman is the president of the American Civil Liberties Union. She previously worked as the ACLU's general counsel and served on its board. Herman has taught at Brooklyn Law School since 1980.

Her most recent work of constitutional scholarship, Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy, was published by Oxford University Press in October 2011.
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