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5.0 out of 5 stars A bright light in a dark time., May 22, 2006
This review is from: How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok (Paperback)
Greenwald has written this scathing indictment of the un-American and Unconstitutional power grab of this administration which has claimed the power to:

Arrest U.S. Citizens on U.S. Soil, declare them "Enemy Combatants" and lock them up indefinitely without charge or access to council.

Violate Federal Law without Congressional or Judicial oversight.

Violate signed International treaties against torture or rendition.

Spy on American Citizens without Warrants in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Greenwald builds his case and cites sources from across the political spectrum including a blistering opinion from Justice Scalia that U.S. Citizens can not be declared "Enemy Combatants" because they should instead be charged with Treason and processed by the justice system.

"How Would a Patriot Act?" is a quick read (123 pages) and is an outstanding resource for anyone who wants to understand how our present Constitutional Crisis evoled and how it compares to previous episodes in our history (Alien and Sedition Act, The Civil War, McCarthyism, Watergate). Greenwald cites The U.S. Constitution, The Federalists Papers, Supreme Court Rulings, and Federal Law to explain and build his case against the Presidents actions.

After reading this book you will understand why the Presidents appologists have been reduced to defending the administration with the absurd notion that the President is above the law.

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Initial post: Aug 2, 2013 6:57:34 PM PDT
Jebra says:
So do you like it any better under Obama?

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 1:34:24 PM PST
Was it Nixon who said If a President does it, it can not be wrong."

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2014 3:14:18 PM PST
Jerry Coley says:
I do not. He is walking all over our great Constitution more then any others from the past. It is a shame that we are giving him a free pass as he does this. Why do they??

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2014 4:56:17 PM PDT
Why do so many people excuse or ignore Obama's violations of our constitutional rights when they criticized Bush-Cheney for the very same violations?

For several reasons simultaneously:

1) Obama is an exceptionally charming con man. He's physically attractive, has a beguiling smile, is a smooth talker, and has a carefully-groomed personal manner that seduces a lot of people who are unsophisticated and fall for all of those superficial qualities in our shallow celebrity-loving society.

2) Obama cynically and deceitfully tells the common people what they want to hear (and then does very different things in the shadows, which much fewer people learn about). Obama talks like a liberal, populist, champion of the common people -- but he acts overwhelmingly in service to the 1%, the banksters, the giant corporations, and the military-spy complex and global empire. In short, Obama talks like a liberal but acts like a neo-liberal and neo-con (which are the opposites of liberal).

3) Most people would rather feel good with their illusions than feel uncomfortable by facing disturbing facts, truth, and reality. Most people want to believe in inspiring heroes and reassuring leaders (father-figures). Most people want to feel that we are in good and trustworthy hands, and that everything will turn out well. Most people have not fully grown up, are not true adults, and did not develop strong enough minds to give up comforting lies in order to live in uncomfortable reality.

4) I have seen quite intelligent, knowledgeable, and good-hearted people be completely unable and unwilling to accept, mentally and emotionally, proven and verifiable facts about Obama's violations of our constitutional rights. It's very fascinating (and disturbing) to see this cognitive dissonance occurring in other people right in front of you. You can slowly and carefully present the facts against Obama, and these Obama admirers simply cannot "assimilate and accommodate" new facts (that is, they cannot take in new facts and change their opinion of Obama).

5) By the way, I gave money to Obama three times for the 2008 election, so I'm not a right-wing Obama-hater. But I sure feel deceived by his fake liberal speeches and his many broken promises -- and I feel betrayed by his stealthy, right-wing values, goals, and actions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2014 7:17:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2014 7:22:42 PM PDT
A good analysis of today's voter. I would add a note about the collapse of journalism which leaves the voter ignorant and the pressure of economic breakdown--bad now and due to be much worse--on voters.
The imperial Presidency arrived some time ago. I see no reversing the slide into socialist fascism.
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