Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror

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by: David Cole

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Winner of the first Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties prize, the book Zbigniew Brzezinski calls "a timely and unsparing exposure of the disastrous consequences of the 'war on terror' demagogy of the Bush administration".

In this critique, two of the countrys leading constitutional scholars argue that the Bush administrations preemptive approach to domestic and international security has not only compromised our character but has in fact made us more vulnerable to future terrorist attacks.
In an analysis of efforts employed in the name of protecting its citizenspreventive detention, coercive interrogation, pretextual prosecutions, registration of Arab and Muslim men, and preventive warlaw professors David Cole and Jules Lobel expose the governments abysmal record of failed prosecutions and empty successes. The authors argue that these results, when coupled with the resentment such coercive tactics have engendered throughout the world, have left us less safe than we would be had we employed a more sensible and less controversial preventive strategy. The book concludes by proposing an alternative preventive strategy to guide us into the future.
Already standard reading for those who question the idea that war is the appropriate response to terrorism, this book offers an eloquent and original argument for a return to the rule of law.


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