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Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties In The Name Of National Security

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Tracing the history of government intrusions on Constitutional rights in response to threats from abroad, Cole and Dempsey warn that a society in which civil liberties are sacrificed in the name of national security is in fact less secure than one in which they are upheld.

A new chapter includes a discussion of domestic spying, preventive detention, the many court challenge
Paperback, 302 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by The New Press (first published 2002)
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Jun 30, 2014 Adam rated it really liked it
Besides mostly agreeing with the author's well-supported argument, I especially appreciated the history surrounding the topic used to inform and build his case. While COINTELPRO and Nixon could fill entire books themselves, the author did a great job of summarizing their significance and linking them to current topics. I was actually interested in benching out and reading about topics mentioned in the book. The book's strongest attribute is that it is thesis driven, and therefore narrow in scope ...more
Dense and boring. I read dense material on a daily basis for school, so dense material doesn't scare me. I did not stop reading this for lack of ability to muddle through. The beginning was interesting as the absolute insanity of the federal government was revealed, but towards the middle of the book, it just starts feeling really repetitive with nothing too interesting going on.
Jun 11, 2008 Sana rated it it was amazing
this book is amazing because it shows how the american government has employed the same tactics to diminish civil liberties under the fear of terror. from the times of communism to today, this book relays how the "enemy" changes but civil liberties are constantly obliterated.
Dec 16, 2007 David rated it really liked it
An important book about how civil liberties have been eroded since 9/11 and how government agencies inevitably abuse investigative powers that do not have adequate checks and balances.
Bryan Mcquirk
Nov 02, 2012 Bryan Mcquirk rated it really liked it
A great read on the past abuses by the FBI against US citizens, and how recent law changes have opened to door for future abuses of power and the Constitution.
Nov 10, 2007 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Cole's other book, (I can't find it right now) was very good and I'm sure this one is too.
Conor McDonough
Dec 04, 2007 Conor McDonough rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sure
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