Academic Freedom After September 11 by Beshara Doumani
Reviewed by Jen Besemer
"In a nation whose administration dedicates vast human and economic resources to uphold the popular fiction that its foreign policy is concerned mainly with protecting freedom 'both here and abroad,' it is surprising that the actual practice of such protection collapses when it runs afoul of the less photogenic bits of foreign policy. Much space has already been given to the more obvious areas ? such as the USA PATRIOT Act ? in which personal freedom has been made to bow beneath the weight of national interests as defined within the White House. Public outcry is rightly generated by intrusion of government agencies into the private lives of 'ordinary citizens' through increased surveillance and the specter of illegal access to phone and internet communications. Less concern is felt for the problem of academic freedom in institutions of higher learning...." Read the entire Rain Taxi review.