Silencing Political Dissent
Seven Stories Press, 2002 - 168 pages
In her groundbreaking new book, Silencing Political Dissent, constitutional expert Nancy Chang examines how the Bush administration's fight against terrorism is resulting in a disturbing erosion of First Amendment rights and increase of executive power.
Chang's compelling analysis begins with a historical review of political repression and intolerance of dissent in America. From the Sedition Act of 1798, through the Smith Act of the 1940s and the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II, to the FBI's infamous COINTELPRO program of the 1960s, Chang recalls how during times of crisis and war, the U.S. government has unjustly detained individuals, invaded personal privacy, and hampered the free speech of Americans.
Chang's expertise as a senior constitutional attorney shines through in the power and clarity of her argument. Meticulously researched and footnoted, Chang's book forces us to challenge the government when it is unpopular to do so, and to consider that perhaps "our future safety lies in the expansion, rather the contraction, of the democratic values set forth in the Constitution."
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THE CONSTITUTION IN TURMOIL
Criminalizing Political Dissent
Interfering with the Right to Freedom of Political Association
Targeting Perceived Enemies for Detention and Deportation
HOW THE USA PATRIOT ACT UNDERMINES OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES
Blurring the Line Between Ideology and Terrorism
Toiling the Death Knell on Privacy
Stripping Noncitizens of Constitutional Protections
Monitoring the AttorneyClient Communications of Federal Inmates
SILENCING POLITICAL DISSENT
A Question of Patriotism
Guilt By Association
The Rise of Government Secrecy
RECLAIMING OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
EDGING TOWARD GOVERNMENT BY EXECUTIVE FIAT
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