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American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award — Winner in the Book category

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The Eric Hoffer Award - Winner in the Memoir category

A public defenders dedicated struggle to rescue two innocent men from the recent Kafkaesque practices of our vandalized justice system

“Our government can make you disappear.” Those were the words Steven Wax never imagined he would hear himself say. In his twenty-nine years as a public defender, Wax had never had to warn a client that he or she might be taken away to a military brig, or worse, a “black site,” one of our countrys dreaded secret prisons. How had our country come to this?� The disappearance of people happens in places ruled by tyrants, military juntas, fascist strongmen—governments with such contempt for the rule of law that they strip their citizens of all rights. But in America?

Under the current Bush administration, not only are the civil rights of foreigners in jeopardy, but those of U.S. citizens. Wax interweaves the stories of two men that he and his team represented: Brandon Mayfield, an American-born small town lawyer and family man, arrested as a suspected terrorist in the Madrid train station bombings after a fingerprint was incorrectly traced back to him by the FBI; and Adel Hamad, a Sudanese hospital administrator taken from his apartment to a Pakistani prison and then flown in chains to the United States military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Kafka Comes to America reveals where and how our civil liberties have been eroded for a false security, and how each of us can make a difference. If these events could happen to Brandon Mayfield and Adel Hamad, they can happen to anyone. It could happen to us. It could happen to you.

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Before they were falsely accused of terrorism, Brandon Mayfield, an American lawyer in Oregon, and Adel Hamad, a Sudanese relief worker in Pakistan, had little in common but their Muslim faith. Then came the political, military and legal maelstrom that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. On opposite ends of the globe, Hamad and Mayfield were ensnared in the roundup of those considered... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Book News Annotation:

Wax (Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon) addresses the extrajudicial detention powers the Bush administration has claimed in the name of the "Global War on Terror" by weaving together the stories of two men he has represented: Brandon Mayfield, the Oregon attorney held as a material witness for over two weeks after the government mistakenly linked him to the 2004 Madrid train bombings and Adel Hassan Hamad, a Sudanese man working in a hospital in Pakistan who was seized and imprisoned by Pakistani intelligence in July of 2002 before being flown to the US Guantanamo Bay Naval Base where he remained until his release and repatriation to Sudan in December of 2007. He also warns of the dangers posed to Americans and foreigners alike of the attacks on civil liberties that are being waged in the name of security. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Steven Wax

Steven Wax is in his sixth term as the Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon. A cum laude graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Law School, he was a key part of the Brooklyn, N.Y. District Attorney's prosecution of David Berkowitz, a.k.a."The Son of Sam." Wax and his team are currently representing seven men held as "enemy combatants"; in Guantanamo. He has taught at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, serves as an ethics prosecutor for the Oregon State Bar, and lectures throughout the country.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue……………………………………………………………………...3

Chapter One: Footprints in the Carpet………………………………………6

Chapter Two: “Portland Lawyer Arrested!”………………………………...13

Chapter Three: A Cry for Help from Guantanamo………………………….29

Chapter Four: Innocence is Irrelevant……………………………………...48

Chapter Five: Seized and Disappeared……………………………………..58

Chapter Six: From September 11 to Guantanamo Bay……………………..76

Chapter Seven: The Matching of Latent Print # 17………...........................96

Chapter Eight: A Lonely Battle…………………………………………….105

Chapter Nine: Feeding Refugees and Teaching Orphans…………………..126

Chapter Ten: The Unconscionable Detention of Adel Hamad…………..…146

Chapter Eleven: the Seeds of Mercy……………………………………….158

Chapter Twelve: A Life Exposed………………………………..................171

Chapter Thirteen: The Ice Man………………………………….................180

Chapter Fourteen: Something to Hide……………………………………...193

Chapter Fifteen: The Cavalry is Coming…………………………………...206

Chapter Sixteen: The DTA and the Second Rebuke………………………..223

Chapter Seventeen: Homeland Security……………………………………242

Chapter Eighteen: Proffer and Immunity…………………………………..251

Chapter Nineteen: Catch 22…..…………………………………………….265

Chapter Twenty: The Road to Kabul.....................................................278

Chapter Twenty One: Defenders in the War Zones…………..……………294

Chapter Twenty Two: Spanish Truths/American Lies……………………..306

Chapter Twenty Three: Mayfield: The Aftermath…………………………323

Chapter Twenty Four: The MCA and the Third Stall……………………...345

Chapter Twenty Five: The Dark Winter…………………………………...359

Chapter Twenty Six: Tea with the Ministers in Sudan ………………........374

Chapter Twenty Seven: The Final Round for Adel………………………..392

Chapter Twenty Eight: The Fight for Freedom is Never Won…………….410

Postscript………..…………………………………………………………417

Acknowledgements………………………………………………………..421

Notes………………………………………………………………….423

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Cindy Hines, May 12, 2014 (view all comments by Cindy Hines)
This is an important book about why we need to fight for everyone's rights in order to keep our own rights and freedoms. In it, Portland author and attorney Steven Wax details the Brandon Mayfield case, the case of an innocent Guantanamo detainee, and his personal interest in ensuring a system of justice for all.
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assistentti, January 30, 2009 (view all comments by assistentti)
It's almost scary, how up to date Kafka still is in the 21rst century.
Now it seems, there is a new font inspired by his handwriting called Mister K - like one of Kafka's main characters...
So "he" will probably be writing all kinds of texts in many languages of the world in the future !?

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590512951
Author:
Wax, Steven T.
Publisher:
Other Press (NY)
Subject:
Prisoners of war
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Criminal Law - General
Subject:
Due process of law -- United States.
Subject:
War on Terrorism, 2001-
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Law : General
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
380
Dimensions:
8.86x6.45x1.22 in. 1.46 lbs.

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