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The Resource Cheating justice : how Bush and Cheney attacked the rule of law and plotted to avoid prosecution-- and what we can do about it, Elizabeth Holtzman, with Cynthia Cooper, (electronic resource)

Cheating justice : how Bush and Cheney attacked the rule of law and plotted to avoid prosecution-- and what we can do about it, Elizabeth Holtzman, with Cynthia Cooper, (electronic resource)

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Cheating justice : how Bush and Cheney attacked the rule of law and plotted to avoid prosecution-- and what we can do about it
Title
Cheating justice
Title remainder
how Bush and Cheney attacked the rule of law and plotted to avoid prosecution-- and what we can do about it
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Elizabeth Holtzman, with Cynthia Cooper
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney deceived Congress and the people to drive us into a war in Iraq; they claimed the right to wiretap illegally and to eavesdrop on citizens; and they authorized torture, unilaterally upending laws and violating international treaty obligations. Yet, both Bush and Cheney are audaciously unapologetic about their crimes. In his recent memoir, President Bush makes no apologies for his decision to start a war in Iraq, though no weapons of mass destruction, the ostensible reason for the war, were found there. Regarding his approval of the waterboarding form of torture, he proudly said, "Damn right." Time and again throughout his term, President Bush proclaimed sternly "we do not torture." However, the 2009 release of secret torture documents revealed otherwise. The documents paint a bleak picture of the involvement of President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and top administration officials in unleashing, sanctioning, and conspiring in the infliction of torture. Holtzman and Cooper cite unlawful torture as only one of the many ways that the Bush-Cheney administration transgressed the law, trampled the Constitution, and harmed the image of the United States around the world. Bush and Cheney, the authors argue, authorized and condoned behavior and practices that starkly violate human-rights principles and the rights of American citizens. Congress chose not to pursue impeachment, despite multitudes of citizens advocating for it, Holtzman and Cooper among them. New revelations, however, about the extent and depth of their crimes make the need for accountability imperative. Holtzman posits that the failure to indict, prosecute, or hold accountable officials at the highest level makes a mockery of U.S. law and sets frightening precedents. With Holtzman's legal expertise and Cooper's bold journalism, Cheating Justice explains why the nation needs to address the Bush-Cheney administration's abuse of power and manipulation of the law._ As a member of Congress and part of the committee that investigated and held hearings on the conduct of President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal, Elizabeth Holtzman balks at Bush's echo of Nixon's claim that he was acting in the interest of national security. Using Watergate-era reforms as a model, Holtzman details the steps necessary to undo the damage that the Bush-Cheney administration inflicted and explains how we can establish new protections that will block future presidents from similarly abusing the law. Cheating Justice is a call to empower the American people, and a firm insistence that the nation's leaders are not above the law"--Provided by publisher
  • "The Bush-Cheney Administration transgressed the law in ways that trampled the Constitution, crushed the concept of lawful conduct and harmed the image of the U.S. around the world. The 2009 release of secret torture documents, in particular, ripped apart the notion that "'we' do not torture," as President Bush liked to say. Torture is against the law, plain and simple. The documents paint a bleak picture of the involvement of President Bush, Vice-President Cheney and top Administration officials in unleashing, sanctioning and conspiring in the infliction of torture. Without indictments, prosecution or accountability, their activities make a mockery of the United States law and especially of the unwavering standard that "no person is above the law." The failure to indict, prosecute or hold officials at the highest level accountable sets frightening precedents. Cheating Justice identifies in clear language why the nation needs to address the Bush-Cheney Administration's willing plunge into torture, and, more specifically, how to do it. With Watergate-era reforms as a model, the book will describe the plain steps to undoing the damage that the Bush-Cheney Administration inflicted and to putting into place new protections that will block future presidents from similarly abusing the law. Few topics can be more important for our times: these actions are vital to our freedom and to the nation's future. Following upon their book, The Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens, (Nation Books, September 2006) (http://www.channonart.com/impeachBush/index.html) co-authors Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia L. Cooper discuss clearly and plainly how and why Bush, Cheney and others can and must be held accountable. "--Provided by publisher
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TEFOD
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Holtzman, Elizabeth
Dewey number
973.931
Index
index present
LC call number
KF9430
LC item number
.H65 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Cooper, Cynthia
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  • Terrorism
  • Administrative responsibility
  • Misconduct in office
  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
  • United States
Label
Cheating justice : how Bush and Cheney attacked the rule of law and plotted to avoid prosecution-- and what we can do about it, Elizabeth Holtzman, with Cynthia Cooper, (electronic resource)
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Lies that embroiled us in war and occupation in Iraq -- Wiretapping Americans -- Crimes of torture -- Accountability at home: redressing Bush administration misdeeds -- International justice: accountability for Bush abroad -- What to do: the time is now
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unknown
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1 online resource (xv, 208 p.)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780807003220
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(electronic bk.)
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unknown
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not applicable
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remote
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166D6891-1646-49E1-8CF3-8B1C7FADB632
System control number
  • 1899261
  • (OUa)vtls000894168
  • (OCoLC)ocn776994862
  • (OCoLC)776994862
  • 1899261
Label
Cheating justice : how Bush and Cheney attacked the rule of law and plotted to avoid prosecution-- and what we can do about it, Elizabeth Holtzman, with Cynthia Cooper, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Lies that embroiled us in war and occupation in Iraq -- Wiretapping Americans -- Crimes of torture -- Accountability at home: redressing Bush administration misdeeds -- International justice: accountability for Bush abroad -- What to do: the time is now
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 208 p.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780807003220
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Note
  • EBOOK
  • EUNEDITEDBOOKSET18
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
166D6891-1646-49E1-8CF3-8B1C7FADB632
System control number
  • 1899261
  • (OUa)vtls000894168
  • (OCoLC)ocn776994862
  • (OCoLC)776994862
  • 1899261

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