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Title:
Suicide pact : the radical expansion of presidential powers and the lethal threat to American liberty
Author:
Napolitano, Andrew P., author.
Publication Information:
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2014]
Physical Description:
xxxii, 444 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Argues that America has been transformed into a surveillance state with an increasing loss of personal freedoms and traces this decline through history, beginning with colonial rule all the way to the current war on terrorism. --Publisher's description.
Language:
English
Contents:
1770-1880 : the struggle for natural liberty. A philosophical primer ; A constitutional overview of the duty to defend and the power to wage successful war ; National security in the Revolutionary War era ; The Civil War and Reconstruction eras -- 1900-1946 : the noble liars. Turn-of-the-century America : the Wilson administration and World War I ; The World War II era : the freedom of speech and power over property ; The World War II era : Quirin and the Japanese cases -- 1947-present : the long wars. The Cold War : the Truman years, the Korean conflict, and the second Red Scare ; The Cold War : the civil war in Vietnam ; Before 9/11 : America and global terror from 1980-2001 ; The George W. Bush administration : the Global War on Terror and privacy in the post-9/11 world ; The George W. Bush administration : render and torture ; The George W. Bush administration : the right to trial ; The Obama administration : a midterm review of the Middle East, torture, and trials ; The Obama administration : a midterm review of exponentially expanded drone intervention and privacy attacks.
ISBN:
9780718021931
Format :
Book

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New York Times bestselling author Judge Andrew P. Napolitano exposes the alarming history of presidential power grabs performed in the name of national security.

Judge, scholar, bestselling author, and Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew P. Napolitano is back with a shocking chronicle of America's descent from a free society to a frightening surveillance state.

In Suicide Pact , Napolitano details a long, sordid history of governmental--and especially presidential--encroachments on liberty, enacted in the name of protecting America but which serve insead to undermine national security and erode the nation's founding freedoms.

Appealing to all politically aware Americans but especially to highly engaged conservatives and libertarians (including his 576,000 Facebook fans and 240,000 Twitter followers), Napolitano's sobering-yet-patriotic perspective unmasks rampant political doubletalk and Washington power plays by taking a clear, legally grounded look at how we got here.

Blending fascinating history with fresh reporting and analysis on contemporary issues such as drone warfare and executions, NSA surveillance, and secret federal courts, Suicide Pact casts a vision beyond hollow rhetoric to common-sense solutions for returning sanity to our shores.