State of War

State of War

The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration

Book - 2006
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James Risen has broken story after story on the abuses of power of the Bush administration.

From warrantless wiretapping to secret financial data mining to the CIA's rogue operations, he has shown again and again that the executive branch has dangerously overreached, repudiated checks and balances on its power, and maintained secrecy even with its allies in Congress. In no small part thanks to Risen and State of War, the "secret history" of the Bush years has now come partially into view.

In a new epilogue for the paperback edition, Risen describes the two-front war that President Bush is now fighting: at home against Congress and the Supreme Court, as his administration is increasingly reined in from its abuses; and in the Middle East, where George W. Bush's great gamble to bring a democratic revolution is failing radically. We must learn the lessons of Risen's history now, before it is too late.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9780743270670
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 24 cm.


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Sep 15, 2007

So good as to be incredibly depressing. If you follow the news, not much of this will come as a surprise - and I'm old and jaded enough to be not-as-horrified-as-I-should-be, or would have been in my twenties or thirties. The Bush administration and the CIA both absolutely ooze incompetence - and that is very scary, but not new. Still, I am comforted that it has been written down. The power of the word - may it yet do some good.


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