Veering Right: How the Bush Administration Subverts the Law for Conservative Causes

Veering Right: How the Bush Administration Subverts the Law for Conservative Causes

Veering Right: How the Bush Administration Subverts the Law for Conservative Causes

Veering Right: How the Bush Administration Subverts the Law for Conservative Causes


"Few have the knowledge, ability and credentials that Charles Tiefer does to explain to general readers (as well as scholars) how the Bush II administration has twisted and turned the law to support its radical political agenda. "Veering Right is a very important (not to mention timely) work because Tiefer has done it so lucidly and compellingly."--John W. Dean, Former Nixon White House counsel and author of "Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

"With this book, Charles Tiefer places the administration of George W. Bush under his experienced magnifying glass. "Veering Right is a brilliant expose of abuse of power at the highest levels. Tiefer understands that seemingly obscure legal maneuvering can have enormous political and policy ramifications. This book lays bare the questionable legal foundation on which Bush II constructed his signature domestic and foreign policies. "Veering Right should outrage anyone who cares about the rule of law and the principle of open government."--Representative Henry Waxman

""Veering Right is a wake up call for Americans who believe that today's intense political conflicts are no more than partisan squabbling with nothing at stake except the spoils of victory. Tiefer has seen the new 'Radical Conservatives' up close in Washington, and he is convinced what is at stake are the basic American values that have guided policies for generations. The critical question he poses for us all is whether we are ready for the sweeping consequences of the extreme rightward trend in both domestic and international policies."--Richard C. Leone, President, The Century Foundation

"This book shines a piercing light into the veritable blackhole of Bush Administration secrecy. Tiefer's documented exposure of unrelenting White House political point-scoring, with his deft uncovering of its radical ideological patterns, may just let in enough sunlight to awaken the m


He secretly started planning the occupation of Iraq from September 17, 2001, manipulated the issue right before the 2002 congressional race, and kept the public in the dark about the price tag until late 2003. His attorney general, John Ashcroft, would not let the fbi investigate terrorist suspects' gun buys—the nra wouldn't like that—but sent out the fbi fifty times to demand public-library patron information. in both cases Ashcroft told his trademark give-no-ground yet highly embroidered fables as cover stories. the president rammed trillion-dollar deficit-financed tax cuts for the rich through Congress using statutory power intended only for debtreducing measures, thereby abusing the law on the nation's highest budget governance. He installed his personal lawyer as an oversight-proof back channel in Riyadh, facilitating the darker aspects of diverting national anger after 9/11 from the implicated Saudis to the nonimplicated Iraqis. All these subversions of the law either were actively concealed or were buried by the White House's restricted, camouflaging, “daily message” system, so the public could barely even guess about its ruler's projects and plans.

All presidents govern by political means, including at least some political uses of the law. in my eleven years (1984–1995) as solicitor of the House of Representatives, representing the House in court and in investigations, I participated in countless inquiries and analyzed from an insider's vantage point the many concealed, devious, but potent ways that presidents have . . .

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