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Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice

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In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush and his top advisors declared that the struggle against terrorism would be nothing less than a war — a new kind of war that would require new tactics, new tools, and a new mind-set. Bush's Law is the unprecedented account of how the Bush administration employed its "war on terror" to mask the most radical remaking of American justice in generations.

On orders from the highest levels of the administration, counterterrorism officials at the FBI, the NSA, and the CIA were asked to play roles they had never played before. But with that unprecedented power, administration officials butted up against — or disregarded altogether — the legal restrictions meant to safeguard Americans' rights, as they gave legal sanction to covert programs and secret interrogation tactics, a swept up thousands of suspects in the drift net.

Eric Lichtblau, who has covered the Justice Department and national security issues for the duration of the Bush administration, details not only the development of the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program — initiated by the vice president's office in the weeks after 9/11 — ;but also the intense pressure that the White House brought to bear on The New York Times to thwart his story on the program.

Bush's Law is an unparalleled and authoritative investigative report on the hidden internal struggles over secret programs and policies that tore at the constitutional fabric of the country and, ultimately, brought down an attorney general.

Review:

The jacket of Eric Lichtblau's "Bush's Law" promises much: "an unparalleled and authoritative investigative report on the hidden internal struggles over secret programs and policies" and an "unprecedented account of how the Bush administration employed its 'war on terror' to mask the most radical remaking of American justice in generations." Both in a narrative and a conceptual sense, this is an ambitious... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Even readers who have followed the administration's legalistic contortions over wiretapping and waterboarding since 9/11 may be unnerved by Lichtblau's recounting of the human dramas behind the stories of laws broken and ignored." New York Times

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"Lichtblau's account of secret government operations...is chilling." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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"No doubt newspapers have been known to overstep their bounds when reporting on government activities, but in this case, Lichtblau and The New York Times proved to be worthy watchdogs in defense of the First Amendment." Rocky Mountain News

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"A sobering, saddening but altogether excellent book of legal reportage." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Eric Lichtblau received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, for his stories on the NSA's wiretapping program. He has worked in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, covering the Justice Department, since 2002. From 1999 to 2002 he covered the Justice Department for the Los Angeles Times. He is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375424922
Subtitle:
The Remaking of American Justice
Publisher:
Pantheon
Author:
Lichtblau, Eric
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - General
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
War on Terrorism, 2001-
Subject:
Criminal justice, administration of
Subject:
Government
Subject:
General Political Science
Publication Date:
20080401
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.48x6.34x1.33 in. 1.36 lbs.

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History and Social Science » US History » Contemporary

Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice
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Product details 384 pages Pantheon Books - English 9780375424922 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Even readers who have followed the administration's legalistic contortions over wiretapping and waterboarding since 9/11 may be unnerved by Lichtblau's recounting of the human dramas behind the stories of laws broken and ignored."
"Review" by , "Lichtblau's account of secret government operations...is chilling."
"Review" by , "No doubt newspapers have been known to overstep their bounds when reporting on government activities, but in this case, Lichtblau and The New York Times proved to be worthy watchdogs in defense of the First Amendment."
"Review" by , "A sobering, saddening but altogether excellent book of legal reportage."
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