Not A Suicide Pact: The Constitution In A Time Of National Emergency
  • Not A Suicide Pact: The Constitution In A Time Of National Emergency
  • Not A Suicide Pact: The Constitution In A Time Of National Emergency
ISBN: 0195304276
EAN13: 9780195304275
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 1, 2006
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8.4" L x 5.8" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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Eavesdropping on the phone calls of U.S. citizens; demands by the FBI for records of library borrowings; establishment of military tribunals to try suspected terrorists, including U.S. citizens--many of the measures taken by the Bush administration since 9/11 have sparked heated protests. In Not a Suicide Pact, Judge Richard A. Posner offers a cogent and elegant response to these protests, arguing that personal liberty must be balanced with public safety in the face of grave national danger.

Critical of civil libertarians who balk at any curtailment of their rights, even in the face of an unprecedented terrorist threat in an era of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Posner takes a fresh look at the most important constitutional issues that have arisen since 9/11. These issues include the constitutional rights of terrorist suspects (whether American citizens or not) to habeas corpus and due process, and their rights against brutal interrogation (including torture) and searches based on less than probable cause. Posner argues that terrorist activity is sui generis--it is neither war nor crime--and it demands a tailored response, one that gives terror suspects fewer constitutional rights than persons suspected of ordinary criminal activity. Constitutional law must remain fluid, protean, and responsive to the pressure of contemporary Read More chevron_right

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