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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (August 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595585400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595585400
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the aftermath of 9/11, the government clamped down on dissenters of all kinds and increased surveillance of citizens in the name of protecting them from terrorism. Attorney-activists Ratner and Kunstler argue that we are paying a high price for protection against perceived terrorist threats. Americans exercising cherished rights of free speech and assembly now stand to find themselves investigated by the FBI and other government agencies. Ratner and Kunstler begin with a historical overview of times when the government curbed the First Amendment right to dissent in "emergency" situations, most recently with the Patriot Act. They offer detailed descriptions of the kinds of tactics used by federal law enforcement agents and how protest groups and individuals can protect themselves. They argue that since enactment of the Patriot Act, the FBI has morphed into a kind of political police, collecting information on protesters against everything from war to animal cruelty to environmental issues. Domestic dissent has come to be equated with terrorism to make it easier to curb protests. Compelling and useful reading for activists.
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About the Author

The Center for Constitutional Rights is an organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Michael Ratner is an attorney and the board chair of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He is well known for his human rights activism and is the author of numerous books, including The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld (The New Press). He lives in New York City. Margaret Ratner Kunstler is an attorney in private practice. As education director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, she originated the Movement Support Network and authored “If an Agent Knocks.” Kunstler is the President of the William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice, a foundation established in 1995 in the memory of her late husband to combat racism in the criminal justice system. She lives in New York City.

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Michael Ratner is an attorney and the board chair of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He is well known for his human rights activism and is the author of numerous books, including The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld (The New Press). He lives in New York City.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George on November 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
This isn't some wild eyed conspiracy theory from the left or the right. It is fact based information about how the law can be, and often is, applied to those who dare to exercise their constitutional right to criticize the government.

Constitutional rights? Civil liberties? The reality is that agents of the government of the United States can do what they please with very little judicial restraint. What can you do when the FBI comes knocking on your door? Deny them entry to your home. Refuse to say anything without your attorney present. They'll search your home anyway. And they have many ways to pressure you to talk to them. If you believe that an American citizen who is doing nothing unlawful has nothing to fear from his government, you definitely need to read this book.

Are you an animal rights or environmental activist? Do you oppose cruelty to animals or pollution of your air and water? Read "Green is the new Red" by Will Potter and learn that your government views you as a potential terrorist and has passed laws that enable them to jail you should you interfere in the God given rights of corporations to exploit animals and the environment for profit.

Whether liberal or conservative, if you value your constitutional rights and believe that America should be the land of the free and the home of the brave you need to read both these books, and learn just how few rights you really have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kempe on November 12, 2011
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This is the kind of book that would be great to get fro your local library. It is short, direct, to the point, and contains valuable information. However, none of it could not be found independently with a little bit of internet research, and so it isn't a book that one couldn't "do without." Nonetheless, the information is correct, well researched, and valuable. Recommended for activists or those interested in the general cause of freedom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on November 10, 2011
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This book is an easy read with everything organized so that you can simply flip through book and find chapter for different issues like what to do if police come to your home, or pull you over, or arrest you for protesting. It is very relevant to Occupy wallstreet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on March 24, 2012
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This book is promoted towards people who would organize or participate in peaceful street demonstrations, but it doesn't say anything about tactics to use on the street on demonstration day. How should one counter police smear campaigns (such as innuendo that demonstrators are expected to bring weapons or use violence) and get the media on your side? How should you react when the police use excessive force or provocative tactics such as "kettling"? How can you identify a good civil rights defense lawyer and not end up with a "mainstream" one that would just advise you to cop a plea or turn State's? The book doesn't say. It comes across mostly as a rant about the problem without identifying many solutions.
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