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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing discussion of civil rights and governmental responsibilities in times of terrorism
The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks threatened Americans' safety, and strained the U.S.'s judicial and social interpretations about how to respond to a national emergency. Civil rights and constitutional experts from both conservative and liberal camps had to respond to the country's new "Homeland Security" practices dealing with surveillance and detention. Their...
Published on 26 Sep 2008 by Rolf Dobelli

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out, but overwritten
This book contains some very good idea's. But for the not-too-highly-educated among us who want to read about it, they're not too accesseable.
The language could be simpler and more compact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out, but overwritten, 23 Mar 2010
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Kaye (Somewhere over the rainbow) - See all my reviews
This book contains some very good idea's. But for the not-too-highly-educated among us who want to read about it, they're not too accesseable.
The language could be simpler and more compact.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing discussion of civil rights and governmental responsibilities in times of terrorism, 26 Sep 2008
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The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks threatened Americans' safety, and strained the U.S.'s judicial and social interpretations about how to respond to a national emergency. Civil rights and constitutional experts from both conservative and liberal camps had to respond to the country's new "Homeland Security" practices dealing with surveillance and detention. Their reactions involved everything from the right of habeas corpus to the U.S. Constitution and the rights of captured combatants. Michael Ignatieff covers this heady area in essays adapted from a lecture series. The topic is crucial, but alas the book is dense reading. However, the author's interpretations of civil and legal issues, constitutional law, the rule of law, and the ethics and morality of fighting terrorists will deeply intrigue those in related fields. getAbstract considers this an important book for lawyers and academics, if not casual readers. Ignatieff shows that balancing the rights of those criminals known as terrorists against the safety of citizens is an issue society will debate hotly for years to come.
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