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One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty Paperback – March 30, 2010


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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: The Heritage Foundation (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891951342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891951346
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just when you thought it was safe to leave your home, the federal government may have made you a criminal for very innocent actions. This book includes staggering true stories and information that make Kafka novels sound like Dr. Seuss. These authors have done the work to bring light to darkness in federal law and expose the criminalization of innocent actions. If you have ever had a chemistry set, have ever mailed anything, or just minded your own business, be very afraid, read this book, contact your attorney, and then demand that your Congressman help make this once again the land of the free and home of people who have reason to be brave. <P> <—>Louie Gohmert, United States Congress --Louie Gohmert

You could be a criminal! Literally thousands of laws exist that most people don t know about and which penalize conduct that few would even imagine was criminal. This book tells the story of ordinary Americans who were prosecuted and even jailed for everyday activities that ran afoul of the multitude of statutes and regulations that can be used by governments to trap the unwary. <P> One Nation Under Arrest shines a spotlight on the problem of overcriminalization the skyrocketing trend at both the state and federal levels of criminalizing conduct that could be regulated through civil law or administrative action, or shouldn t even be regulated at all. It is a must-read for anyone concerned with modern attacks on our most basic liberties. <—>Mark Levin, host of The Mark Levin Show and author of Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto --Mark Levin

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This book is a must read for all Americans.
Janis
He has a very deep, well thought out and concisely clear introduction to the present "over criminalization" problem we have in America today.
krister evertson
I have had a personal experience such as are portrayed in this book and I can tell you that people better wake up before it is to late.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on April 19, 2010
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The book begins with a series of simultaneously fascinating and horrifying stories about well-intentioned, knowledgeable people winding up in jail for ridiculous reasons. Following the stories is some even-handed, clear and incisive analysis looking into the causes of over-criminalization, the problems with a lack of a guilty mind requirement, and some of the effects on society. Overall, the book is well-written and insightful and will change the way you look at criminal law. Definitely worth reading, regardless of your political party.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ali Shaygan on June 25, 2010
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This book is an exceptionally well-well written, argued and referenced exposition on a silent travesty that is occurring everyday. The hypothesis of the book is argued with exceptional lucidity and supported with numerous real world examples. Unfortunately, the prosecution of doctors and the criminalization of medicine after the passage of the Harrison Act and the Controlled Substances Act is not discussed, nor is the financial incentive behind the current "asset seizure" laws explored.
However, that criticism is not meant to in any way detract or diminish the profoundly important work formulated into this very clear, readable book. But beware, ignorance is not bliss and what you will learn in this book will leave you literally terrified. I have been a victim of 2 rogue, overzealous, unethical federal prosecutors. Fortunately, the federal judge and the magistrate judge both saw their habitual disregard for Court orders, respect for the law or proper legal procedure. Even with a sanction by the federal judge and winning a Hyde Ammendment for "bad faith, vexatious or frivolous" prosecution, my life has been ruined in every possible sphere imaginable.
Other innocent Americans are at risk and public awareness needs to be raised. I hope this book is the spark that shines light on this secret abuse of and brings about a return to the traditional Anglo-American system of law.
Again a must-read for everyone. A collection of true modern-day horror stories and discussions as to how we came to this point, and what must be done.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By krister evertson on August 21, 2010
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It is hard to start with this review. I am in the book, so it is very real to me. My story is in Chapter 10. I have re-read my story three times now. On different days. Each time I started to cry when I finished it. What happened to me is so unbelievably true. I am so glad that members of Congress such as Louie Gohmert(R) of Texas, Ted Poe(R) of Texas, "Bobby Scott"(D) of Virginia and John Conners, Jr.(D) of Michigan held Congressional hearings on July 22, 2009 on this very subject. I was invited to testify to Congress, and they recorded my story. It is so important to stop the runaway unjust prosecution of innocent people for alleged crimes that carry no "mens rea", or in English, no "evil intent". I would have never believed that an inventor would be SWAT Teamed and then handcuffed and put into Federal Prison for an obscure regulation that no one outside of the EPA would have ever heard of. And to then be convicted without any intent. Wow. It is so un-American. So opposite to a freedom loving people. As I told Congress, it is very Scary. And so very Real.

There are two very well respected contributors to this very important book. One is Edwin Meese III, the Former United States Attorney General. He has a very deep, well thought out and concisely clear introduction to the present "over criminalization" problem we have in America today. The other is Former United States Attorney General Dick Thornburgh. He also really lays the problem out and how we got there. And how we should fix the problem. This book is very well thought out and written. I hope Congress moves and puts essential "mens rea" back into the requirements for conviction. Without the "mens rea" intent requirements, you could be next!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dave Anderson on June 6, 2010
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This book is a fine review of the circumstances that led to the political order that seems to diminish our constitutional freedoms today. A bit dry in tone, but very informative for the passionate political that are looking for ammunition or confirmation of this country's present state of affairs. It also serves as a warning to all of us, if we inspire to keep this country great.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Bivings-norris on June 1, 2010
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This book is not great literature, but it covers a topic which every American should read. This could easily happen to YOU, and if you doubt that, read on. We are chapter 7 and we would never have believed it could happen to us.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BURNED on September 7, 2010
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I have had a personal experience such as are portrayed in this book and I can tell you that people better wake up before it is to late.Until it happens to you you don't pay any attention.This criminalization issue is for real and many of these federal laws need to be repealed or clarified as to their intent.The U.S. has more people in prision per capita than any other country in the world.Federal prosecuters in particular answer to know one and while I realize there are good dedicated prosecuters I also know that there are many who will sacrifice your life as you knew it for their own political gain.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Regan on October 18, 2010
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This is a very easy to understand analysis of how our laws have come to mix up criminal and civil offenses, making even every day mistakes criminal offenses with criminal punishment. This mix up has turned normally law abiding citizens into criminals, and deprived victims of just compensation, which they would have been able to receive under civil law, but not under criminal law.
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