Synopses & Reviews
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush declared that the struggle against terrorism would be nothing less than a war—a war that would require new tools and a new mind-set. As legal sanction was given to covert surveillance and interrogation tactics, internal struggles brewed over programs and policies that threatened to tear at the constitutional fabric of the country.Bush's Law is the alarming account of the White House's efforts to prevent the publication of Eric Lichtblau's exposé on warrantless wiretapping—and an authoritative examination of how the Bush administration employed its “war on terror” to mask the most radical remaking of American justice in generations.
About the Author
Eric Lichtblau received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. 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 LA Times. He is a graduate of Cornell University and currently lives in Washington.