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Enemy aliens : double standards and constitutional freedoms in the war on terrorism
Cole, David, 1958-
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New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., [2003]

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xiii, 315 pages ; 22 cm
pt. 1. Responding to 9/11. Their liberty, our security: an overview ; The disappeared ; Ethnic profiling ; Patriots and enemies: redefining terrorism ; Targeting citizens -- pt. 2. History lessons. Crossing the citizen-noncitizen divide: an overview ; Enemy aliens and enemy races ; Alien radicals and radical citizens: from anarchism to sedition ; "The course of least resistance": J. Edgar Hoover's first job and the Palmer Raids of 1919-20 ; The second Red Scare: targeting radical citizens ; Extending the boundaries: from Martin Luther King, Jr., to Watergate ; From communism to terrorism: lessons of a young lawyer -- pt. 3. Security. Legitimacy and double standards -- pt. 4. The right thing to do. The Bill of Rights as human rights ; Conclusion: breaking the cycle.
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When David Cole was first writing Enemy Aliens , in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the anti-immigrant brand of American patriotism was at a fever pitch. Now, as the pendulum swings back, and court after court finds the Bush administration's tactics of secrecy and assumption of guilt unconstitutional, Cole's book stands as a prescient and critical indictment of the double standards we have applied in the war on terror.

Called "brilliantly argued" by Edward Said and "the essential book in the field" by former CIA director James Woolsey, Enemy Aliens shows why it is a moral, constitutional, and practical imperative to afford every person in the United States the protections from government excesses that we expect for ourselves.

Author Notes

David Cole is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, a volunteer staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and legal affairs correspondent for The Nation. He is also a regular commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered"

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Publisher's Weekly Review

About 5,000 foreign nationals have been detained by the United States since September 11 and denied basic constitutional rights in the name of "wartime" expediency. Cole, who has litigated civil liberties cases on behalf of resident aliens and writes for the Nation, argues that denying foreigners rights within our legal system usually ends with citizens being stripped of those same rights. Cole (No Equal Justice) documents how this process has already started and discusses provisions of the Patriot Act that he believes will allow for even further government encroachment on our freedom. He also provides detailed historical examples of the government's record of persecuting opposition voices in the name of security against a foreign menace. He argues for the moral and pragmatic importance of avoiding a double standard and according foreigners the same rights as citizens. (Sept. 26) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Responding To 9/11
1. Their Liberty, Our Security: An Overviewp. 17
2. The Disappearedp. 22
3. Ethnic Profilingp. 47
4. Patriots and Enemies: Redefining Terrorismp. 57
5. Targeting Citizensp. 72
Part 2 History Lessons
6. Crossing the Citizen-Noncitizen Divide: An Overviewp. 85
7. Enemy Aliens and Enemy Racesp. 88
8. Alien Radicals and Radical Citizens: From Anarchism to Seditionp. 105
9. "The Course of Least Resistance": J. Edgar Hoover's First Job and the Palmer Raids of 1919-20p. 116
10. The Second Red Scare: Targeting Radical Citizensp. 129
11. Extending the Boundaries: From Martin Luther King, Jr., to Watergatep. 154
12. From Communism to Terrorism: Lessons of a Young Lawyerp. 159
Part 3 Security
13. Legitimacy and Double Standardsp. 183
Part 4 The Right Thing To Do
14. The Bill of Rights as Human Rightsp. 211
Conclusion: Breaking the Cyclep. 228
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 295