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Terrorism and tyranny : trampling freedom, justice, and peace to rid the world of evil
Bovard, James.
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First Palgrave Macmillan edition.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2003]

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440 pages ; 25 cm
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The war on terrorism is the first political growth industry of the new Millennium. So begins James Bovard's provocative and unrelenting examination of the Bush administration and its motives for prosecuting a war on Iraq. Bovard is one of Washington's most controversial journalists, known for the searchlight he has shone on the trampling of civil liberties and privacy by successive US administrations. In this book he tells a story of the toll that the war on terrorism is taking, from airport security follies that protect no one, to increased surveillance of individuals and greater numbers of detainees. In so doing, he reveals some insights into the US's coping mechanisms when under threat. His uncompromising and impassioned stance against a state that tramples personal freedoms and ignores the wishes of its citizens should strike a chord with many.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Journalist Bovard, who has written for the Wall Street Journal and the American Spectator, among others, looks at the post-September 11 policies and actions of the government and finds them sorely lacking. (He also has a lot to say about how the government let the terrorist attacks happen in the first place.) Instead of fighting the terrorist menace, he argues, the Bush administration's cosmetic gestures reward incompetence and establish dangerous legal precedents. While dealing with civil rights issues (the Patriot Act "treats every citizen like a suspected terrorist"), the book casts a wider net, including the intertwining of the wars on drugs and terrorism and the continued bungling of flight security (additional guards at airports "did little more than take up space and consume oxygen"). Meticulously documented from contemporary news accounts, this rant against Bush's "aura of righteousness" may well leave readers as angry as its author. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

Journalist James Bovard's provocative work attacks President Bush's war on terrorism in an articulate but sarcastic manner. Bovard's main premise is that the Bush Administration's war on terrorism has done little to secure the safety of Americans from another terrorist attack. Bovard systematically examines the government's antiterrorism legislation and policy since 9/1l, and he carefully documents the ineffective and abusive nature of the Bush program. He contends that to fight terrorism, the US government has exponentially increased its power through such pieces of legislation as the Patriot Act. This increase in the power of government threatens the rights and freedoms of all American citizens without decreasing the probability of future terrorist attacks. Bovard concludes that "in the long run, people have more to fear from government than from terrorists." The narrative is clearly written and logically organized. The book contains footnotes but no bibliography. Its major flaws are its repeated ad hominem attacks on government officials, its lack of ideological neutrality, and its overreliance on sarcasm to make a point. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduate libraries. J. R. Hedtke Cabrini College

Table of Contents

The First American War on Terrorism
Blundering to 9/11
Patriot Railroad: Safety through Servility
Plunder and Proclaim Victory
Racking up the Numbers
Salvation through Surveillance
Groping to Safety
License for Tyranny
State Terrorism and Moral Clarity
The Drugs-Terrorism Charade
The Israeli Model for Fighting Terrorism
Iraq and the War on Terrorism
Bastardizing Freedom
A Few Steps to Protect America