Bush's Law

Bush's Law

The Remaking of American Justice

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush and his top advisors declared that the struggle against terrorism would be nothing less than a war–a new kind of war that would require new tactics, new tools, and a new mind-set. Bush’s Law is the unprecedented account of how the Bush administration employed its “war on terror” to mask the most radical remaking of American justice in generations.

On orders from the highest levels of the administration, counterterrorism officials at the FBI, the NSA, and the CIA were asked to play roles they had never played before. But with that unprecedented power, administration officials butted up against–or disregarded altogether–the legal restrictions meant to safeguard Americans’ rights, as they gave legal sanction to covert programs and secret interrogation tactics, a swept up thousands of suspects in the drift net.

Eric Lichtblau, who has covered the Justice Department and national security issues for the duration of the Bush administration, details not only the development of the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program–initiated by the vice president’s office in the weeks after 9/11–but also the intense pressure that the White House brought to bear on The New York Times to thwart his story on the program.

Bush’s Law is an unparalleled and authoritative investigative report on the hidden internal struggles over secret programs and policies that tore at the constitutional fabric of the country and, ultimately, brought down an attorney general.

Baker & Taylor
Describes how the Bush Administration used the War on Terror to reshape the American justice system, bypassing the Constitution in order to authorize illegal wiretapping, questionable interrogation tactics, and the Patriot Act.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375424922
Branch Call Number: 973.931 LIC
Characteristics: xvii, 349 p. ; 25 cm


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Oct 28, 2014

Sorry, but many problems with this book, that warrantless wiretapping program predated 9/11, as has already been proven a number of times over, the CIA has already been involved in domestic intel, which its charter forbad, and its involvement in torture goes way back, while I agree with the criticisms of the Bush administration, some of the stuff written of regarding the CIA, FBI and NSA is simply incorrect. [FYI: extreme renditions by the CIA, TO DICTATORIAL COUNTRIES, goest back to the Clinton Administration, involving pro-democracy types kidnapped and returned to Libya and Egypt, during Bush's time, it was to Syria - - all are extreme and extraordinarily amoral travesties of human justice, and the people involved should be before the International Court at The Hague.]


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