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on September 6, 2013
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Great book, written by an constitutional lawyer and exposes the corruption in government agency's that started in the 1930's. The book examines how both Congress and the Presidency has turn over the control of Food and medicine to large business which controls all food, drink, drugs and what your doctor does or doesn't do. It is called a monopoly. The FDA controls what you do or do not eat and how your garden is grown or not. This corruption has been exposed in other writings and this just books adds new insight and facts to the information. This is a good read very important for your future and health and the battle to regain control.
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on January 18, 2013
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Very in-depth study of what is happening with government regulations. Out of control and destroying our great Constitution. Backed up with facts and details.
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on November 12, 2012
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The Rise of Tyranny: How Federal Agencies Abuse Power and Pose Risks to Your Life and Liberty, by Jonathan W. Emord, is a startling revelation of shady practice and outright corruption among the pharmaceutical industry and individual officials within the federal government.

For example, Emord explains that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a key regulatory agency of the United States, has been successfully manipulated and virtually taken over by the pharmaceutical industry. As the drug companies have transformed themselves into marketing powerhouses, the FDA has been there to protect them. As such, "the pharmaceutical industry enjoys monopoly status through the FDA drug approval process and through long-lived patents. FDA's process restricts to single players the right to sell specific drugs" (p. 32-33).

Emord notes that the 2004 public health disaster surrounding the drug Vioxx, exposed not only the unethical practice of the pharmaceutical industry, but also the deep rooted corruption and outright criminal behavior inside the FDA. A member of the FDA testified before a US Senate Committee that, the FDA aided and abetted the pharmaceutical industry in crimes against humanity by treating human bodies as profit making devices. David J. Graham, FDA scientist, one of many FDA whistleblowers "stated that FDA Commissioner... Crawford [full name in the book] offered him a promotion to a position as an adviser to the Commissioner in exchange for not giving testimony on November 18, 2004 before the Senate Finance Committee... Graham refused the offer." Crawford subsequently resigned as FDA Commissioner after falsely declaring to official investigators that he "did not hold stock in companies that regularly did business before the FDA." After pleading guilty, Crawford, "a key figure in the defense of the pain killer Vioxx... was rewarded for his efforts with a lucrative position as Senior Counsel for the Washington lobbying firm Policy Directions, Inc., a firm that represents pharmaceutical companies, including Merck & Co., Inc, makers of Vioxx, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufactures of America. (p. 42-44).

Emord points out that the Crawford case of receiving lucrative employment, in exchange for giving favoritism to the pharmaceutical industry while charged as key regulative official, is not an isolated incident. Emord notes that, "at least 15 congressional staffers, congressmen and federal officials left to go to work for the pharmaceutical industry, whose profits were increased by several billion dollars" (p. 38).

Emord relates how the FDA approves unsafe drugs and at the same time "maintains a pervasive censorship over therapeutic claims for foods and dietary supplements to ensure that the drug industry enjoys a federally enforced monopoly on the right to communicate treatment information" in favor of the pharmaceutical companies over the American public (p. 42).

The Rise of Tyranny points out that the pharmaceutical industry has a tight hold on the legislative power with its "largest lobby in Washington" and most generous contribution to political campaigns. Over the past two decades, Congress has enacted laws that ensure continued profits for the pharmaceutical industry at consumers' expenses. For example, in late 2003, Congress passed a bill that explicitly prohibits Medicare from using its enormous purchasing power to bargain for low prices. After this bill was passed, major key officials in Congress moved on to lucrative positions within the pharmaceutical industry (p. 38).

The Rise of Tyranny should be reviewed by every consumer and should be used as a text book in the study of corruption.
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on December 9, 2011
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Attorney Jonathan Emord is a true hero! His work includes successfully suing the FDA and exposing its corrupt nature of placing power, politics and profit way ahead of any real science or efficacy, or the health and safety of the American public. Help get the word out!
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on May 31, 2011
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The Rise of Tyranny is guaranteed to both educate and enrage you. With the 2012 elections heating up, we would all be better served to read this work and then hold any politician begging for our vote, accountable to reversing the accounts contained within. Don't fall for the GOP/DEM debate. Our future is not in the hands of one political party or the other, it is in the clutches of big government types where a large majority of the rules to which you and I are subjugated are slammed upon us by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. You could not read a more important book if you are fan of liberty or a parent, worried about the oligarchy your children will inherit.
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on February 18, 2011
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Jonathan W. Emord is a constitutional lawyer who writes bills for congressional consideration. As such, he is well versed in what's right and what's wrong with our current governing system. Our founding fathers were careful to provide us with a constitution that had a method of checks and balances which kept absolute power out of reach for those willing to abuse the populace. However in the past 100 years or so Congress has delegated powers to various regulatory agency such as the FDA, USDA, FAA, etc. These agencies have grown in corruption because of the nearly absolute powers they possess. As a result, American citizens are dying because the FDA is currently more concerned with providing billions of dollars of income to large pharmaceutical companies rather than protecting citizens from taking the toxic drugs these companies produce.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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The book chronicles private industry's takeover of our government by regulatory agencies and Congress. Federal agencies heads are appointed not elected, so they can create laws without the consent of even elected officials. This is exactly what the founding fathers did not want to happen - the creation of a bureaucratic oligarchy.

Chapters cover the FDA and Medicare, and show how these agencies abuse power. The FDA is nothing more than a subsidiary of big pharma. People die from drug approvals that should never have happened just so the agency heads can get a nice paying job after they leave office.

Emord, a constitutional lawyer, outlines how to dismantle our current regulatory state and return our nation to the way it was envisioned to be by the founders. He gets into legal remedies here, but it was not deep enough to make me lose interest.

This is a must read so everyone can see that something needs to be done with the way our country is being run.
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on September 12, 2010
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This book really educated me on how laws affecting our health are being dictated by uneducated or corrupt, unelected federal agancies, unnacountable, and with an obvious conflit of interest; and for the harm they cause in censoring information people need to make informed decisions on their health. The illegal prior restraint and censorship perpetrated by the political appointees in these agencies, not necessarily the medical reviewers, is not justified for protection of our health, rather it benefits state enforced drug monopolies, and it harms and kills millions of us every year. What, 3 million people die every year in the US, and the chief reason is the modern system itself?

People need to know if credible science points to nutritonal science, better hygiene, better nutrition, sleep, exercise, and avoidance of all toxins in our food, water, and environment (including medicines) as a better prevention and therapy for disease and restoration of great health. But there's no money in that, is there, and aren't we all addicted to the modern American lifestyle? It's not easy to change, but no one is going to try if they don't kmnow what their chances are, because goverenments globally illegally censor the latest scientific nutritional health information through these unnacountable regulatory agencies. It was FDR who played a big role in transferring the power of our three branches of government to unaccountable regulatory agencies? I guess the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights is standing in their way. Excuse me for living, FDR, and Jon Stewart, who I heard the other day in a rebroadcast, telling Bill O'Reilly (paraphrase here) to "forget this outdated idea of the three branched, separation of powers; this President is going to get things done!" I hope the public becomes aware of Mr Emord's other book, Global Censorship of Health Information. I stopped reading when I became aware of Tyranny. It's not pleasant information, but it's important to raise awareness and help educate the public, so they can make informed choices about their health.
I feel sorry for Michael Douglas, who like Patrick Swayze, isn't really aware that there is a real battle going on for the minds of mankind. This book shows how we have an exiled Consitution, and that we're globally in enemy territory when we pursue investigating at point of sale, the use of nutritious food and supplements to alleviate disease. Lifesaving information is being kept from us by illegitimate use of the force of law. The book is also a tribute to those who jeopardize their careers by blowing the whistle.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2010
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For anyone that wants to take their freedom back from the un-elected bureaucratic oligarchies that in many cases (as documented in this book)have more power then elected government and congress officials, "The Rise of Tyranny" is one of the most important books you can ever read. Written with tremendous heart and love for a free country as our founding father intended, Emord courageously explains how this county is being run behind closed doors. Emord's facts, findings and "inside" information, is astonishing, and his legal credentials are impeccable---former vice-president of the Cato Institute, wrote congress bills for Ron Paul and is the only attorney in US history to beat the FDA in Federal Court a record breaking 7 times ---all on 1st amendment grounds...
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2010
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The author knows his stuff. Probably better than anyone. If you want to know the truth about the FDA and other similiar government agencies - this is the book for you. To the point. Fact based and eye-popping information. Two thumbs up.. Keep winning those cases Mr. Emord.
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