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The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties

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From the best-selling author of The Working Poor, an impassioned, incisive look at the violations of civil liberties in the United States that have accelerated over the past decade—and their direct impact on our lives.

How have our rights to privacy and justice been undermined? What exactly have we lost? Pulitzer Prize–winner David K. Shipler searches for the answers to the
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dale
Apr 21, 2012 Dale rated it it was amazing
An Important Book - for Liberals and Conservatives

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David K. Shipler takes a long hard look at the rights we have sacrificed in the era of the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, and lesser wars such as the War on Handgun Violence in The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties . I picked this book up figuring that my Conservative sensibilities might get ruffled a bit by a New York Times reporter but I might learn a thing or two along the
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Bobbettylou
Sep 10, 2012 Bobbettylou rated it really liked it
Fropm the book jacket: " . . .an impassioned, incisive look at the violations of civil liberties in the United States that have accelerated over the past decade - and their direct impact on our lives." Lots of real-live stories of people betrayed by their own government (expecially the Bush ((read Cheney)) White House immediatley after 9/11/2001 as it ignored and violated parts of the Bill of Rights, especially the forth ammendment, "The right of the people to be cecure in their persons, houses, ...more
Tamra
Jul 26, 2011 Tamra rated it liked it
Pulitzer prize winner
Gives accounts of what past Presidents have done to erode our rights. Take your pick--Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have all undermined our Constitutional rights and liberties and this author asks the reader to reflect on the consequences of living in society where evidence cannot be challenged and asset forfeiture (seizing of bank accounts and personal property) before a trial even begins is what we really want. If we really had a Tea party fighting for the
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Catherine
Jul 17, 2011 Catherine rated it liked it
Describes many examples of civil rights violation trends; some, especially the author’s ride-along with police in Washington, DC, to the point of beating a dead horse (if three examples are good, ten must be better). There are many good observations on how individual rights continue to erode in the guise of patriotism, and how US citizens have come to accept the loss of privacy. My favorite chapter was about librarians who refused to turn over patron records to the government. Librarians should ...more
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Aug 09, 2011 Lin Lin added it
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The author of the book explored the six times in the U.S. history when the Constitution and the rights of Citizens in the United States became compromised. He challenged us to consider how much we are willing to acquience to the violations of civic rights after September 11, 2001 for the sake of national security.

Hadrian
Aug 14, 2011 Hadrian rated it really liked it
A worrying overview of the erosion of civil rights over the past few years. Some cases seem a bit overdone, but a necessary read. A sobering look at how far we have fallen, and how much liberty has been sacrificed for 'security'.
Chet
Jun 02, 2011 Chet rated it liked it
Just started but I like the his placement of the "Bill of Rights" right after the table of contents.
It's been a bit since I read them and still marvel at their simplistic complexity. For the rest of the book I let you know.
Jim
Jan 21, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
Shows in detail how government uses almost any pretext to abridge any rights of the people stated in the Constitution and Bill of Rights and how the right wing Supreme Court of today fails to protect those rights.
Debby Kean
Dec 08, 2011 Debby Kean rated it did not like it
Both boring and annoying by turns. Shipler has an emotional attachment to the Constitution which makes his book frustrating reading for non-Americans. He is of course, by our standards, very Right wing!
Al Menaster
Jan 15, 2012 Al Menaster rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book, well written, clear. Documents the infringements on liberty over the past decade, both with excellent analysis of court cases and many actual examples.
Chris
Sep 14, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Very readable and balanced; what he wrote really made me mad but he seemed to be able to be objective.
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David K. Shipler reported for The New York Times from 1966 to 1988 in New York, Saigon, Moscow, Jerusalem, and Washington. He is the author of four other books, including the best sellers Russia and The Working Poor, and Arab and Jew, which won the Pulitzer Prize. He has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and has ...more
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“The law is too important to be left to the lawyers, to paraphrase Georges Clemenceau about war and generals. We laymen know too little about our Constitution and think too superficially about its influence on the qualities of American life. Civic duty requires more.” 1 likes
“There are many ways to honor America. This book is mine. I have completed this journey of self-education in the belief that the most terrifying possibility since 9/11 has not been terrorism--as frightening as that is--but the prospect that Americans will give up their rights in pursuing the chimera of security.” 1 likes
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