Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice

Bush s Law The Remaking of American Justice In the aftermath of 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

  • Title: Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice
  • Author: Eric Lichtblau
  • ISBN: 9780375424922
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.BuIn 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 expos 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. Eric Lichtblau’s framing of the broader issues involving counterterrorism is rather limited. Indeed, his palette holds only two colors: black and white. On one side of his ledger is the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. On the other side is the Bush administration, and never the twain shall meet. Although he is fully aware of the unprecedented challenge posed to national security by the 9/11 attacks, and of the belief within the government that a follow-on attack was a near-certainty, Licht [...]

    2. I need to take a break from these and read some mysteries. After hearing Philippe Sands on Fresh Air (great Jeremy Irons voice, which apparently John "it depends on what the meaning of 'implement' is" Yoo whined about when debating him; how dare he be eloquent?), decided to read his book, Terror Team, and this. Both really saddening and depressing; hard to say which is worse. This is about the 3 million civil-liberties violations the government rammed through after 9/11 (course idea: US Since 20 [...]

    3. This is not a comprehensive legal analysis of Bush's administration of law. It is a New York Times reporter's memoir of his experience reporting on the Justice Department with an emphasis on the Administration's surveillance programs. There are also chapters on the difficulties within the FBI and on Alberto Gonzalez (focusing primarily on the firing of the U.S. Attorneys).Lichtblau, along with James Risen, did much of the Times' groundbreaking reporting on the Administration's warrantless survei [...]

    4. This book, written by one of the famed NY Times reporters who broke the warrantless wiretapping story, was an interesting take on what happened to law in the last eight years, at least from the point of view of the federal government (and especially law enforcement). I don't think there were any particularly huge revelations, since I've followed this issues pretty closely, but I'm glad to have read it. It's a good reminder of the tremendous power that our government has--and the people who try t [...]

    5. Unlike The Dark Side which details the methods the administration used to change the American legal system to allow torture, indefinite incarceration without charges and a myriad of other illegal activities, this book focuses on the lives that were affected, ruined or ended as a result of those activites. It also tells the story of the coverup and the lengths to which those in power were willing to go to keep the world from finding out what they were up to. Thanks to the author some of the story [...]

    6. I believe that this is a very important book. Our current administration seems to have forgotten that we are a nation of laws, not of men. Flagrant violations of our national laws and values are well documented in this book. That being said, I'm suffering from rage fatigue and it only gets 3 stars.

    7. Much better than I expected. Short and to the point written from a reporters' perspective. Amazing some of things that went on, especially in the Justice Department, and a good description of the balancing test newspapers do in deciding whether to publish stories on national security. Only complaint is that I wanted it to be longer and more detailed in some areas.

    8. Lichtblau has written a surprisingly up to date review of a host of issues from Ashcroft through FISA and Gonzales to rendition, torture, wiretapping and of course, the firing of Federal prosecutors. I was most interested in Lichtblau's sympathetic portraits of people like John Yoo and Alberto Gonzales.

    9. great companion read for Jack Goldsmith's "Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration"--get the rest of the story with this NY Times journalist's memoir of reporting on the Bush Presidency.

    10. How Bush and his people gutted the Justice Department and the legal protections of the constitution.How competent people were thrown out of the Bush administration. How decisions were made without any regard for facts or reality. How the idiots won.Why it really matters who we elect as president.

    11. The broad outline of the story -- and many of the particular facts -- were familiar to me, having kept up on the news these last 8 years. But some of the particulars were astonishing (and terrifying!), and the author tells a great story. One of those books that I couldn't put down.

    12. A well written account of the extent of the Bush administrations illegal wiretapping, the pressure to keep it from being published in the New York Times, and how the rule of law is being undermined.

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