With Liberty and Justice for Some
How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful
By Glenn Greenwald
(Picador, Paperback, 9781250013835, 304pp.)
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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From "the most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years" (Bill Moyers) and the journalist who broke the story on NSA spying programs comes a scathing critique of the two-tiered system of justice that has emerged in America
From the nation's beginnings, the law was to be the great equalizer in American life, the guarantor of a common set of rules for all. But over the past four decades, the principle of equality before the law has been effectively abolished. Instead, a two-tiered system of justice ensures that the country's political and financial class is virtually immune from prosecution, licensed to act without restraint, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world.
Starting with Watergate, continuing on through the Iran-Contra scandal, and culminating with Obama's shielding of Bush-era officials from prosecution, Glenn Greenwald lays bare the mechanisms that have come to shield the elite from accountability. He shows how the media, both political parties, and the courts have abetted a process that has produced torture, war crimes, domestic spying by the NSA, and financial fraud.
Cogent, sharp, and urgent, this is a no-holds-barred indictment of a profoundly un-American system that sanctions immunity at the top and mercilessness for everyone else.
GLENN GREENWALD is the author of The New York Times bestsellers How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy. Recently proclaimed one of the "Twenty-Five Most Influential Liberals in U.S. Media" by Forbes, Greenwald writes for The Guardian, focusing on law, civil liberties and national security issues. A former constitutional lawyer, he has also been a contributing writer at Salon. He lives in Brazil and New York City.
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