Lost Liberties

Ashcroft and the Assault on Personal Freedom
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Essays on various aspects of the Ashcroft Justice Department’s threat to civil liberties in the wake of September 11

“To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists.” —U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft

In the wake of September 11, John Ashcroft’s Justice Department has presided over an unprecedented assault on the civil liberties established in the Bill of Rights. Enacted in haste and, at times, in partial secrecy, the legislation and orders have not been carefully examined, and their implications are only now beginning to surface. Not since the internment of Japanese Americans during the 1940s have we witnessed such abridgment of American rights.

While the loss of liberties has been met with apathy by the press and public alike, the lawyers and analysts in Lost Liberties provide a detailed, comprehensive look at the USA Patriot Act, chronicling the destructive impact of crackdowns on thousands of Americans and revisiting the ugly history of political repression in times of crisis. Featuring original contributions from David Cole, Michael Tomasky, Nancy Chang, Kenneth Roth, and Anthony Romero, Lost Liberties will be a critical text for those who want to know in advance the long-term implications of these drastic measures.