Richard C. Leone & Greg Anrig, Jr, eds: The War on Our Freedoms

Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism

Public Affairs Books, 2003

Back Cover Blurbs:

The War on Our Freedoms
The war on terrorism is being fought not only in places like Afghanistan and Iraq but also in American classrooms, newsrooms, and courtrooms. Do we truly grasp the consequeces of the war abroad for our freedoms at home?
In each generation, for different reasons, America witnesses a tug of war between the instincts to suppress and the instinct for openness. Today, with the perception of a mortal threat from terrorists, the instict to suppress is in the ascendancy. In this essential guide to the dangers of limiting civil liberties in the name of “national security”, fourteen leading thinkers, scholars, journalists and historians explain what is happening and why the implications are ultimately destructive of American values and ideals. The judiciary is being undermined, the press is being intimidated, racial profiling is rampant, and our privacy is being invaded. The “war on our freedoms” is just as real as the “war on terror” – and, in the end, just as dangerous.
“The collateral damage wrought by Mr Bush’s war is not confined to Iraq. What that war is doing to the fabric of American freedom, justice and law is already ominous. The War on Our Freedoms is a calmly reasoned report on what the administration has contrived against our liberties in the name of ‘homeland security’.”  Arthur Schlesinger, Jr
About the Editors:
Richard C. Leone is president of The Century Foundation and has served as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, president of the New York Mercantile Exchange, and a faculty member at Princeton University.
Greg Anrig, Jr is vice president of programs at The Century Foundation and the former Washington bureau chief of Money magazine.

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