Wednesday, May 03, 2006

How Would A Patriot Act?

'How Would A Patriot Act?' book cover

Glenn Greenwald, author of Unclaimed Territory, has written a book: How Would a Patriot Act?. Looks like a winner; read what Greenwald says about the release while I go order a copy.

What I hope will be the book's principal impact is to cast a very bright light on the fact that all of these Bush administration scandals which are always discussed in isolation -- lawless detentions, secret prisons, the use of torture, illegal eavesdropping, etc. -- are merely symptoms of a profound political crisis which our country faces, brought about by the fact that this administration has adopted radical theories of power whereby the President literally and expressly claims the right to act without restraint, including those imposed by law. The powers seized by this president are exactly those powers about which the founders most urgently and explicitly warned, and which they sought, first and foremost, to prevent.

I'm still waiting for my confirmation email from Amazon; here, read what Digby says about it:
This is an issue with which every American, regardless of party, should be concerned. The founders knew that relying on the good will of men in power is stupid and we are seeing their predictions come true before our very eyes. The modern Republican leadership may currently have a monopoly on authoritarian impulses, but they are by no means the only people in this country who could be seduced by this Republican notion of executive authority. The constitution is what protects all Americans from the dark side of human nature when it has power over others, regardless of party or political philosophy. Those of us who worry about this usurpation of the constitution and degradation of the Bill of Rights know that this is not a passing fashion that will easily be tucked back into its former shape. Once you allow powerful men to seize power it's awfully hard to persuade their successors to give it back.


At 11:01 PM, Blogger Mike Grayson said...

Can I borrow it when you are finished?


At 11:01 AM, Blogger WnotW said...


At 11:02 AM, Blogger WnotW said...

And tell your brother you are posting anonymously. Knuckleheaded northerner.


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