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Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice

by Eric Lichtblau

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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. ( )
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New York Times journalist recounts the changes to civil liberties under the Bush Administration. Author broke the NSA wiretapping story.
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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.

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Describes how the Bush Administration used the War on Terror to reshape the American justice system, bypassing the Constitution in order to authorize illegal wiretapping, questionable interrogation tactics, and the Patriot Act.

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