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General Ashcroft: Attorney at War

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Reviled as a fascist and zealot by libertarians and liberals but praised as a great patriot and devout man of God by many conservatives, John Ashcroft may have been the most powerful and polarizing attorney general in our nation's history. Looking pa … weiterlesen
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Titel: General Ashcroft: Attorney at War
Autor/en: Nancy V. Baker

ISBN: 0700614559
EAN: 9780700614554
Sprache: Englisch.
UNIV PR OF KANSAS

April 2006 - gebunden - 322 Seiten

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Reviled as a fascist and zealot by libertarians and liberals but praised as a great patriot and devout man of God by many conservatives, John Ashcroft may have been the most powerful and polarizing attorney general in our nation's history. Looking past such oversimplified stereotypes, Nancy Baker offers the first in-depth study of Ashcroft's controversial tenure as attorney general--and as domestic commander in our campaign against global terrorism. Addressing new concerns about challenges to civil liberties in the wake of 9/11, Baker provides a critical assessment of Ashcroft's impact on national life within the context of an enormous expansion of presidential power. Baker depicts a man who even before 9/11 was in search of a mission and then found it in the "War on Terror." She explores how Ashcroft's counter-terrorism actions eroded checks on executive power, arguing that the attorney general used both the formal and informal powers of his office to expand executive and law enforcement authority--and did so at the additional expense of criminal procedural rights, privacy rights, and government transparency. Baker tells how the war against terrorism, the unique legal policy role off the attorney general, and Ashcroft's presence in the office dramatically expanded the power and impact of executive power in domestic affairs. She identifies. Ashcroft's rhetorical tactics that set his actions at odds with the public interest--such as browbeating critics and marginalizing dissent--and challenges the success claimed by Ashcroft and his supporters in safeguarding America by documenting the Justice Department's lack of effectiveness in key prosecutions. She also includes an enlighteninganalysis of the Patriot Act and its implications for both civil liberties and government power. By documenting the ongoing importance of Ashcroft's legacy--a legacy now continued by Alberto Gonzalez--Baker shows how he dramatically changed the office and disrupted our constituti

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Nancy V. Baker is associate professor of government at New Mexico State University and author of Conflicting Loyalties: Law and Politics in the U.S. Attorney General's Office, 1789-1990.

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