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The war on our freedoms : civil liberties in an age of terrorism
Leone, Richard C.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : BBS PublicAffairs, [2003]

Physical Description:
xi, 317 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"A Century Foundation book."
The quiet republic : the missing debate about civil liberties after 9/11 / Richard C. Leone -- A familiar story : lessons from past assaults on freedoms / Alan Brinkley -- Security and liberty : preserving the values of freedom / Anthony Lewis -- No checks, no balances : discarding bedrock constitutional principles / Stephen J. Schulhofer -- The least worst place : life on Guantánamo / Joseph Lelyveld -- Under a watchful eye : incursions on personal privacy / Kathleen Sullivan -- Who are we now : the collateral damage to immigration / Roberto Suro -- The new American dilemma : racial profiling post-9/11 / Christopher Edley, Jr. -- From saviors to suspects : new threats to infectious disease research / Patricia Thomas -- Need to know : governing in secret / John Podesta -- Watchdogs on a leash : closing doors on the media / John F. Stacks -- The fog of war : covering the war on terrorism / Stanley Cloud -- The go-for-broke presidency : can national unity and partnership coexist / E.J. Dionne, Jr. -- On the home front : a lawyers struggle to defend rights after 9/11 / Ann Beeson.
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In each generation, for different reasons, America witnesses a tug of war between the instinct to suppress and the instinct for openness. Today, with the perception of a mortal threat from terrorists, the instinct to suppress is in the ascendancy. Part of the reason for this is the trauma that our country experienced on September 11, 2001, and part of the reason is that the people who are in charge of our government are inclined to use the suppression of information as a management strategy.

Rather than waiting ten or fifteen years to point out what's wrong with the current rush to limit civil liberties in the name of "national security," these essays by top thinkers, scholars, journalists, and historians lift the veil on what is happening and why the implications are dangerous and disturbing and ultimately destructive of American values and ideals. Without our even being aware, the judiciary is being undermined, the press is being intimidated, racial profiling is rampant, and our privacy is being invaded. The "war on our freedoms " is just as real as the "war on terror "-and, in the end, just as dangerous.

Author Notes

Richard C.Leone is president of The Century Foundation and has served as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, president of the New York Mercantile Exchange, and a faculty member at Princeton University. Greg Anrig, Jr. is vice president of programs at The Century Foundation and the former Washington bureau chief of Money magazine.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

For this collection of meditations on civil liberties, editors Leone and Anrig, president and vice president of the Century Foundation, respectively, commissioned 11 original and two republished essays. Historian Alan Brinkley establishes the framework with his opening essay, remarking that every major crisis in American history has led to curbs on personal liberty and, that more often than not, governments have "used the seriousness of their mission to seize powers far in excess of what the emergency requires." Continuing in that vein are pieces on due process, personal privacy, immigration, government secrecy, racial profiling, scientific research, the media's role, and the dynamics of politics behind the Patriot Act and other measures since 9/11. Respectful but uniformly critical of the Bush administration, the authors are prominent journalists (Anthony Lewis and E.J. Dionne Jr.), academics (Kathleen M. Sullivan, dean of Stanford Law School), attorneys (Ann Beeson, the American Civil Liberties Union), and others (John Podesta, former chief of staff to President Clinton). While the essays overlap somewhat and are not uniformly well written, they add up to a thoughtful critique and a good purchase for public and academic libraries.-Robert F. Nardini, Chichester, NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The contributors to this collection include scholars, journalists, and public servants (e.g., Ann Beeson of the ACLU, Stanley Cloud of Time, Christopher Edley Jr. of Harvard Univ., and John Podesta, a national security adviser to the present Bush administration). Collectively the essays address the issue of what the appropriate trade-off of civil liberties should be in return for increased security in the wake of September 11th. For the most part, the essays are well thought-out and examine past responses during times of crisis in US history, the impact on immigration policy and racial profiling, and the public's right to know in a time of increased danger. This timely and provocative volume should interest a wide variety of scholars, public administration officials, and students of national security and civil liberties. It is a valuable addition to the growing body of literature on this most pressing problem, for not only the US but the entire world. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. J. S. Robey University of Texas at Brownsville

Table of Contents

Richard C. LeoneAlan BrinkleyAnthony LewisStephen J. SchulhoferJoseph LelyveldKathleen SullivanRoberto SuroChristopher Edley, Jr.Patricia ThomasJohn PodestaJohn F. StacksStanley CloudE. J. Dionne, Jr.Ann Beeson
Forewordp. ix
Introduction: The Quiet Republic: The Missing Debate About Civil Liberties After 9/11p. 1
1 A Familiar Story: Lessons from Past Assaults on Freedomsp. 23
2 Security and Liberty: Preserving the Values of Freedomp. 47
3 No Checks, No Balances: Discarding Bedrock Constitutional Principlesp. 74
4 "The Least Worst Place": Life in Guantanamop. 100
5 Under a Watchful Eye: Incursions on Personal Privacyp. 128
6 Who Are "We" Now? The Collateral Damage to Immigrationp. 147
7 The New American Dilemma: Racial Profiling Post-9/11p. 170
8 From Saviors to Suspects: New Threats to Infectious Disease Researchp. 193
9 Need to Know: Governing in Secretp. 220
10 Watchdogs on a Leash: Closing Doors on the Mediap. 237
11 The Fog of War: Covering the War on Terrorismp. 256
12 The Go-for-Broke Presidency: Can National Unity and Partisanship Coexist?p. 276
13 On the Home Front: A Lawyer's Struggle to Defend Rights After 9/11p. 295
Contributorsp. 313
Acknowledgmentsp. 317