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Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy

ISBN13: 9780199782543
Published: October 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print
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In this eye-opening work, the president of the ACLU takes a hard look at the human and social costs of the War on Terror. A decade after 9/11, it is far from clear that the government's hastily adopted antiterrorist tactics--such as the Patriot Act--are keeping us safe, but it is increasingly clear that these emergency measures in fact have the potential to ravage our lives--and have already done just that to countless Americans. From the Oregon lawyer falsely suspected of involvement with terrorism in Spain to the former University of Idaho football player arrested on the pretext that he was needed as a "material witness" (though he was never called to testify), this book is filled with unsettling stories of ordinary people caught in the government's dragnet. These are not just isolated mistakes in an otherwise sound program, but demonstrations of what can happen when our constitutional protections against government abuse are abandoned. Whether it's running a chat room, contributing to a charity, or even urging a terrorist group to forego its violent tactics, activities that should be protected by the First Amendment can now lead to prosecution. Blacklists and watchlists keep people grounded at airports and strand American citizens abroad, although these lists are rife with errors--errors that cannot be challenged. National Security Letters allow the FBI to demand records about innocent people from libraries, financial institutions, and internet service providers without ever going to court. Government databanks now brim with information about every aspect of our private lives, while efforts to mount legal challenges to these measures have been stymied. Barack Obama, like George W. Bush, relies on secrecy and exaggerated claims of presidential prerogative to keep the courts and Congress from fully examining whether these laws and policies are constitutional, effective, or even counterproductive. Democracy itself is undermined. This book is a wake-up call for all Americans, who remain largely unaware of the post-9/11 surveillance regime's insidious and continuing growth.

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Chapter 1 The Webmaster and the Football Player The Material Support Dragnet The Football Player The Material Support and Material Witness Dragnets
Chapter 2. <"Foreign Terrorist Organizations,>" Humanitarians, and the First Amendment The Iranian Democrat Peacemakers and Humanitarians
Chapter 3. Charity at Home The Campaign against Charities Collateral Damage to Freedom of Religion and Association
Chapter 4 Traveling with Terror Watching the Watchlists Security Theater? The Rights of Others
Chapter 5 Banks and Databanks Financial Institutions as TIPSters Watchlists and the Private Sector Does It Work? Collecting the Dots Why Should I Care? - Privacy and Democracy
Chapter 6 Gutting the Fourth Amendment The Fourth Amendment and Terrorism <"Foreign>" Intelligence Surveillance, Americans, and the Patriot Act Mayfield v. United States Part II The Secret Court and the One-Sided Litigation A Job for Congress and the Courts
Chapter 7 The Patriot Act and Library/Business Records American Librarians Judicial Fumbling Third Party Records and the Fourth Amendment Reconsidering the <"Library Provision>"
Chapter 8 Gagging the Librarians The Library Connection Other Librarian Tales
Chapter 9 John Doe and the National Security Letter Why National Security Letters? John Doe and Victor Marrero Loosening the Gag Fourth Amendment Rights for NSL Recipients First Amendment Rights for Internet Users The Inspector General Exposes 2007-2010 National Security Letters, the Fourth Amendment, and Congress
Chapter 10 The President's Surveillance Program In the Halls of the Department of Justice The Rubber Stamp Congress Closing the Courthouse Doors Post-FAA Litigation The Secret Court Strikes Again <"What Else Is It That We Don't Know?>"
Chapter 11 American Democracy - The President, the Congress, and the Courts The View from the Oval Office - From Bush to Obama and Beyond The Sleeping Watchdog Secrecy and the Courts The Eclipse of the Courts Conclusion Ordinary Americans Restoring Balance