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Silencing Political Dissent: How Post-September 11 Anti-Terrorism Measures Threaten Our Civil Liberties First Edition Edition
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Perhaps the most disturbing part of Chang's study is its revelation that America's theocratic Attorney General, John Ashcroft has detained hundreds of Arabs and South Asians living in America for minor immigration violations. These individuals have frequently been incarcerated under highly abusive conditions and some have died in custody. Ashcroft's goal, according to Chang, is to use immigration violations as a sweeping drag net for capturing any foreign terrorists who, like many of the September 11th suicide bombers, may have violated their visa requirements. Even if one is willing to turn a blind eye to the fate of the hundreds of innocent immigrants who have already suffered under this policy, one cannot ignore its broader consequences for the American people.Read more ›
In addition, Chang has placed the USA PATRIOT Act in a historical context, reminding of us other cases in which our Republic has suspended common sense along with our democratic principles as a response to fear. It is important to understand that Attorney General John Ashcroft did not invent preventive detention, and that George W. Bush is not the first president to resent elements of the Constitution he is charged to defend.
Dispassionately and tersely, Chang exposes the articles of the USA PATRIOT Act, the number of detainees and the treatment of non-citizens, the quest for authority to snoop on innocents and gather information on law-abiding citizens, the monitoring of conversations between client and attorney, the use of patriotism to demonize dissidents, and the unquestionable grab for power by the executive branch. The book is high on information, including good documentary footnotes and solid research; and low on rhetoric. This enhances its credibility and its strength in a time of confusion.
With the author's keen perception and understanding, she is able to take you through the most controversial changes in the new post 9-11 legislation, and allow you to see how easily the Patriot Act *could be abused* to turn rightful protest to fit the crime of 'terrorism'.
The book investigates how these new laws give our new 'militarized' government unprecedented new powers NEVER INTENDED by our founding fathers, and how the current Bush/Ashcroft administration is bunkering itself behind a cloak of secrecy in which information is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to obtain by the public, and even by Congress itself.
The idea that the government can simply put a certain 'label' on a person, thereby circumventing the normal due process of law should be revolting to all, not to mention that it's un-American and defies the protection guaranteed in the Bill of Rights for ALL, regardless of race, religion or ethic background.
It is likely that many of you believe these changes don't affect you as individuals. Don't kid yourself partner. You ARE already affected and it is clear that America itself, and the founding principles upon which it supposedly stands for, are the real losers in all of this.
Since trying to read the Patriot Act itself would be an excercise in futility. I suggest you pick up this very useful book.
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I was supposed to read it for class so I could write a paper on it and I just couldn't get through it so I didn't write the paper.Published 7 months ago by Brittany
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Nancy Chang's book, Silencing Political Dissent, becomes increasingly relevant with the re-election of this administration and recent security breaches with commercial databases. Read morePublished on March 1, 2005 by Peggy Davis
Nancy Chang's Silencing Political Dissent is a brilliant look into US history and current political agendas. Read morePublished on January 29, 2005 by Gina Tesoriero
You are free to do as we tell you. War is peace. You are free to do as we tell you. Freedom is slavery. You are free to do as we tell you. Ignorance is strength. Read morePublished on December 23, 2003 by Jerry Cornelius
i only got to say a couple things... u want honesty and truth? get this book, thats the bottom line_Published on October 5, 2003 by westy rosiles
Though this little booklet may soon be overtaken by events, it's a fine reality check for where we are at the moment. Read morePublished on April 27, 2003 by Douglas Doepke
If you're in the mood for a good scare, this will do you. It's amazing how fragile our liberties are, and how one little decision can place them in harm's way. Read morePublished on October 20, 2002 by No Word Crimes