Jesse's Reviews > Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror - A Public Defender's Inside Account

Kafka Comes to America by Steven T. Wax
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Jul 25, 2008

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Wow, can this guy not write. (He even mentions that he got an agent interested, who then...turned him down. Ouch.) But the story is admirable, and worth it--two tales about innocents caught in the wheels of Bush "justice": one a Muslim convert in Portland--also covered in Lichtblau's book--whose fingerprint is mistakenly found on a bag of detonators after the Madrid bombings, an ID the Spanish withdrew quickly but the FBI lied about, the other a Muslim health worker picked up for no good reason in Afghanistan and finally released, after years and years of labor by these lawyers, with no apology or acknowledgement. Yikes. Can you imagine how many others there are who don't have the good luck to find such selfless advocates? The mind reels. Worth plugging through--though Wax isn't inept, just not very smooth--simply to see, if nothing else, how slowly, stubbornly, and stupidly the wheels of justice grind, when people as admirable as this prod them to move at all.

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