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

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Introduction

1. RON SUSKIND, THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE SINCE 9/11 52 (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006).

2. Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Adequate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT Act), Pub. L. No. 107–56, 115 Stat 272 (2001).

3. Senator Russ Feingold explained his reasons for voting against the Patriot Act:

Of course, there is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be
easier to catch terrorists … But that probably would not be a country in
which we would want to live. And that would not be a country for which we
could, in good conscience, ask our young people to fight and die. In short,
that would not be America.

147 Cong. Rec. S10990-02, S11020 (daily ed. Oct. 25, 2001) (statement by Sen. Feingold).

By contrast, Senator Tom Daschle, the Democratic majority leader largely responsible for pushing through the Patriot Act, said “we made the best judgment we could, taking into account the very delicate balance between civil liberties and law enforcement that we had to achieve in bringing a bill of this complexity to the floor … all of those involved did a terrific job under the most difficult of circumstances.” 147 Cong. Rec. SI0547-07, SI0574 (daily ed. Oct. 11, 2001) (statement by Sen. Daschle).

4. NAT’L COMM’N ON TERRORIST ATTACKS UPON THE U.S., 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT 394–95 (Washington, DC: USGPO, 2004), http://www.gpoaccess.gov/911/pdf/ fullreport.pdf.

5. President Barack Obama, inaugural address (Jan. 21, 2009), http:// www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/President_Barack_Obamas_Inaugural_Address/.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 3
  • I - Dragnets and Watchlists 21
  • 1 - The Webmaster and the Football Player 23
  • 2 - "Foreign Terrorist Organizations/’ Humanitarians, and the First Amendment 39
  • 3 - Charity at Home 51
  • 4 - Traveling with Terror 66
  • 5 - Banks and Databanks 86
  • II - Surveillance and Secrecy 103
  • 6 - Gutting the Fourth Amendment 105
  • 7 - The Patriot Act and Library/Business Records 121
  • 8 - Gagging the Librarians 136
  • 9 - John Doe and the National Security Letter 150
  • 10 - The President’s Surveillance Program 165
  • III - American Democracy 187
  • 11 - Losing Our Checks and Balances- The President the Congress, and the Courts 189
  • Conclusion 209
  • Notes 219
  • Further Reading 259
  • Photo Credits 263
  • Index 265
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