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Constitutional peril: the life and death struggle of our constitution and democracy

Constitutional peril: the life and death struggle of our constitution and democracy

Fein, Bruce E

An esteemed judicial authority and political critic examines the Bush administration's abuse of the American Constitution

Book. English.
Published Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan 2008

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Statement of responsibility: Bruce Fein
ISBN: 0230602886, 9780230602885
Physical Description: 288 p. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Executive power United States.; Constitutional law United States.; Abuse of rights United States.; United States Politics and government 2001-


  1. Introduction
  2. Why Care?
  3. Setting the Stage
  4. Unchecked and Illegal Spying in America
  5. The Rule of Law
  6. Executive Privilege
  7. Enemy Combatants
  8. Military Commissions
  9. Habeas Corpus
  10. The Death of Congress
  11. State Secrets and Secret Government
  12. Restoring Checks and Balances

Author note

Bruce Fein is a columnist for The Washington Times, an attorney, and a political critic. He was part of the American Bar Association's Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and appears regularly on CNN, NPR, and the BBC.


A renowned attorney and political critic, Bruce Fein reveals the dangers faced by our Constitution and our nation courtesy of the Bush Administration and a Congress asleep at the switch. In blistering detail, he deconstructs the policies of Bush in the War on Terror - from the flouting of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to the crippling of the Great Writ of habeas corpus - and forecasts that the damage he's done is unlikely to be repaired by a kindhearted successor. As we head toward the next national election, there are questions regarding matters more grave than education, healthcare, and even Iraq, questions that involve the very foundations of our government and the degrees to which they have been undermined, either actively or passively, by nearly everyone in power today. By exploring the constitutional crises of the past - Lincoln and habeas corpus through to Nixon and Watergate - Fein is able to begin to answer those questions and to discern a practical and rational way out of the current morass