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Challenging US Human Rights Violations Since 9/11 Paperback – March 11, 2005
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"...immensely valuable...for all Americans concerned about their Constitutional rights in the midst of a supposed 'War On Terrorism.'" -- Howard Zinn
"It extensively documents abuses that merit the careful attention of citizens concerned with freedom, human rights, and democracy." -- Noam Chomsky
"It is equally thorough, gripping and frightening, but demands to be read by every concerned citizen." -- John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member, Judiciary Committee, US House of Representatives
About the Author
Ann Fagan Ginger (San Francisco, CA) is the founder, former president (1964-1988), and the current executive director of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute. She lectures frequently on human rights for the ACLU, National Lawyers Guild, United Nations Association, and many other organizations.
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That issue aside. This is an extraordinary book that details some of the pressing issues confronting our current political situation in the US. I would also recommend Amy Goodman's book.
The answer is to find a way to speak out, and to get allies. And this book could be part of such an effort. Instead, it achieves the opposite effect. The wrong allies have been chosen. It is bad enough to choose tyrants as allies. It is catastrophic to choose liars.
It is a good idea to monitor our behavior. But that requires honesty and accuracy, not mere transmission of anti-American propaganda.
Since this book mentions American involvement in the Middle East, it would have been a good idea for it to find fault with our government's tolerance for and even support of opponents of human rights, including Arafat and his gang. However, this book chooses to ignore Arafat's transgressions and find fault with Arafat's Israeli victims for building a separation fence to defend the lives of Israeli citizens! And the book finds fault with the United States for supporting Israel's right to do this at the International Court of Justice.
A book about human rights that includes such a gross moral error simply can't be trusted. And those who wish to use such a book to air their grievances about transgressions of human rights thus lose an opportunity to be heard and taken seriously.