Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama

Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama

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This book is a history of the civil liberties records of American presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama. It examines the full range of civil liberties issues: First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, press, and assembly; due process; equal protection, including racial justice, women's rights, and lesbian and gay rights; privacy rights, including reproductive freedom; and national security issues. The book argues that presidents have not protected or advanced civil liberties, and that several have perpetrated some of worst violations. Some Democratic presidents (Wilson and Roosevelt), moreover, have violated civil liberties as badly as some Republican presidents (Nixon and Bush). This is the first book to examine the full civil liberties records of each president (thus, placing a president's record on civil rights with his record on national security issues), and also to compare the performance on particular issues of all the presidents covered.A culture of suspicion, spying, and secrecy The Bush administration also promoted a deeply insidious culture of ... It first devised TIPS (Terrorism Information and Prevention System) to encourage Americans to spy on each other. Workers in service industries, such as postal carriers and telephone repair people, would be encouraged to report a€œsuspiciousa€ behavior. ... freedom of information request found that the Pentagon database included traditional antiwar protests by such groupsanbsp;...

Title:Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama
Author:Samuel Walker
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2012-04-16


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