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Taking Liberties The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy von Herman, Susan N. (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 20.10.2011
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press
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Taking Liberties The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy

Since 9/11, the U.S. government has acted in a variety of ways--some obvious, some nearly invisible--to increase its surveillance and detention power over American citizens and residents. While most of us have made our peace with the various new restrictions on our civil liberties after 9/11, we have done it without really understanding what those restrictions are or the extent of their reach. Moreover, we tend to think that if the national security state overreaches, we shouldn't worry--the courts will come to the rescue and rein it in. In Taking Liberties, Susan Herman explains how this came to be. Beginning in late 2001, the Bush Administration undertook a series of measures, some of which were understandable and valid given the context, to expand federal surveillance authority. Yet as she shows through a series of gripping episodes involving ordinary Americans, they overreached to the point eroding basic constitutional liberties. Herman spells out in vivid detail why all


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Erscheinungsdatum: 20.10.2011
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780199911981
    Verlag: Oxford University Press
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