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Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent
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Although the book is bound to disappoint anyone looking for a lurid expose of how no decent citizen is safe from the US justice system, it is a valuable and well-written critique of some recent trends in that system. In particular, Silverglate calls attention to Congress' habit of drafting and approving vague laws that can be interpreted in a wide variety of ways depending on the beliefs and attitudes of prosecutors, judges, and juries.Read more ›
This book is a must read for anyone who cares about the preservation of liberty and putting a check on the encroachment of the federal government in the every day lives of citizens.
He shows how the Department of Justice has led a steady march to expand their reach into the lives of ordinary Americans. The result? Panoply of laws giving them the right to prosecute just about anyone for anything at will.
Their broad application of the Deprivation of Honest Services Statutes in White Collar Crime and a host of other legal gymnastics give them a club every bit as powerful as the Soviet Union at the height of its power. In the Soviet Union and other dictatorships the tools of federalization of all crimes and trampling liberties usually reside in what is commonly called "Defamation Statutes."
Mr. Silverglate identifies numerous laws and Department of Justice interpretations and applications that give them authority rivaling the Soviet Union in its heyday. This boils down to a scandalous use of the federal instruments of powers residing in the executive branch at the Department of Justice that go unchecked.
For anyone who cares about liberty I recommend this book. It is makes a powerful contribution to the cause of justice and freedom and ranks as a modern day call to action equal to Thomas Paine's pamphlet, Common Sense published in 1776.
Mr. Siverglate brings current day threats to our liberties into focus just as Mr. Paine brought the need for the American Revolution into focus in 1776. For Mr. Paine liberty and freedom's enemy resided in King George of England; to Mr. Silverglate it can be found in a runaway Department of Justice intent on expanding its power to intrude and reach into the life of every American.
Instead, after two lengthy introductions, I find a dense chapter defending ... a Florida politician accused of corruption. And a Massachusetts governor. And a Massachusetts House speaker. When I got to the chapter defending Michael Milken I started skimming instead of reading.
Don't get me wrong: if those people were railroaded, then they deserved better. But those aren't the sort of stories that excite people's sympathy. I'd much rather hear about innocent doctors getting tried for prescribing legal painkillers (which Silverglate does address, albeit later), or citizens being sent away for behavior that nobody knew was illegal. When Silverglate writes about one politician going after another, my blood doesn't exactly boil at the injustice being done.
Silverglate writes with a didactic, passionate style. It's likely to inflame the hearts of people who already care about civil liberties. But for people who don't see expanding federal power as that big of a deal, a sob story about how Ken Lay was strung up won't elicit any sympathy.
All of the above would make the book 4 stars. I'm giving it 3 stars because it's a substandard Kindle edition. There's no table of contents. The footnotes don't hyperlink to the end of the text (a feature in every other footnoted book I've read on Kindle). And for a book that's been out nearly a year, it's still far too expensive.
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An excellent book to give us example after example of all the ways government controls us--even when we don't know...Published 1 month ago by RJ Schimenz
If you're hoping that this book will tell you the 3 felonies that you're probably committing, then you're getting it wrong. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kristin
All I can say is Wow! I'm left speechless! Chapter 2 is a must read. It's happening to us.Published 2 months ago by MommyArticles dot com
Everyone to whom I've spoken about this book was astounded at its existence. It's in the top 10 of ~100 unread books I have lined up for immediate cover-to-cover reading. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The world is a messed up place. In this over-regulated society, every citizen is guilty of three felonies a day, says the author. Don't read it, it will make your blood boil.Published 5 months ago by DR