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No Greater Threat
America After September 11 and the Rise of a National Security State
  • C. William Michaels
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No Greater Threat. America After September 11 and the Rise of a National Security State
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An attorney and social activist identifies and examines 12 common characteristics of a national security state, and discusses how those characteristics are being fulfilled today (in some instances in an accelerated manner). He analyzes the USA Patriot Act and how it can be used, raising an alarm for the great state of liberty and democracy that America proudly proclaims itself to be.

About the Author

C. William Michaels, Esq., is an attorney and writer living in the Baltimore area with a long history of defending American civil liberties. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law (1978) where he was on the editorial staffs of both the Law Review and Law Forum. He has been involved in various writing activities and served as a local newspaper columnist, local newspaper Editor and General Manager, and a legal editor at the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), in Washington, DC.

Mr. Michaels has been involved in social issues activities or positions for more than 30 years. These include a full time position as Justice and Peace Coordinator with the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore (1982 to 1986) and a brief position with the World Federalist Association. He is also a member (and local Chapter co-founder in 1985) of Pax Christi USA (national Catholic-based movement for peace and justice). He has produced award-winning weekly syndicated radio programs and cable television programs in the Baltimore area.

Mr. Michaels was a member of a Witness for Peace delegation to Nicaragua (January, 1989). He is or has been a member of other advocacy groups and attorney organizations such as the ACLU, and currently is a member of local planning committees or organizations devoted to peace, environment, or human rights issues. In March, 2000 he received a special leadership recognition award for his involvement in social concerns.

Mr. Michaels conducts an appellate law practice and occasionally provides legal assistance to individuals involved in area non-violent protest or issues activities. His book is the first comprehensive study of the USA PATRIOT ACT and its sweeping, perilous effect on American civil liberties. Publicized as a necessary step in the War on Terror, the USA Patriot Act infringes the Constitution and strips Americans of important rights.

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No Greater Threat: America After September 11, and the Rise of a National Security State examines the prospect that America (with the Congress and the Executive Branch in the lead) may be transforming itself into a...

No Greater Threat: America After September 11, and the Rise of a National Security State examines the prospect that America (with the Congress and the Executive Branch in the lead) may be transforming itself into a national security culture.

The book identifies and examines 12 common characteristics of a national security state, and discusses how those characteristics are being fulfilled today (in some instances in an accelerated manner).

The book includes a meticulous description of each of the ten parts of the USA PATRIOT Act (which is often discussed, but seldom explained) and shows why the Act ranks as one of the most significant pieces of legislation in many years — the Act grants broad powers to Federal investigators in surveillance, intelligence, prosecution, and inter-agency information sharing; and most of its provisions have no "sunset" but are permanent.

The book is a readable review, in plain and common sense language, of the Act's scope and breadth. A final section makes general observations on the long-term concepts of "security" versus "peace," and offers ways in which the reader can be involved in the issues.

This is the most detailed analysis of the USA PATRIOT Act and illustrates why patriotic Americans should be concerned (if not alarmed) by this country’s potential move into a national security state.


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Pages 472
Year: 2005
LC Classification: KF4850 .M53
Dewey code: 363.3'2'0973
BISAC: POL004000
BISAC: POL037000
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