TERRORISM AND TYRANNY: Trampling Freedom, Justice, and Peace to Rid the World of Evil

James Bovard, Author . Palgrave $26.95 (448p) ISBN 978-1-4039-6368-0

Journalist Bovard, who has written for the Wall Street Journal and the American Spectator, among others, looks at the post–September 11 policies and actions of the government and finds them sorely lacking. (He also has a lot to say about how the government let the terrorist attacks happen in the first place.) Instead of fighting the terrorist menace, he argues, the Bush administration's cosmetic gestures reward incompetence and establish dangerous legal precedents. While dealing with civil rights issues (the Patriot Act "treats every citizen like a suspected terrorist"), the book casts a wider net, including the intertwining of the wars on drugs and terrorism and the continued bungling of flight security (additional guards at airports "did little more than take up space and consume oxygen"). Meticulously documented from contemporary news accounts, this rant against Bush's "aura of righteousness" may well leave readers as angry as its author. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 08/25/2003
Release date: 09/01/2003
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