Democracy Detained: Secret, Unconstitutional Practices in the U.S. War on Terror (Paperback)

Secret, Unconstitutional Practices in the U.S. War on Terror

By Barbara J. Olshansky, Nat Hentoff (Foreword by)

Seven Stories Press, 9781583227343, 377pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2007



Democracy Detained exposes the deplorable secret crimes committed by the Bush administration in their war on terror. Prominent legal activist Barbara Olshansky documents the assault on our constitutional democracy since 9/11, meticulously analyzing the unlawful justifications made by the U.S. government for covert actions at home and abroad. She reports on current shocking practices, from the outsourcing of torture through extraordinary rendition, to first-person testimony from innocent men imprisoned without charge at Guantánamo Bay, to revelations of a surveillance network tapped into the homes of average citizens. Democracy Detained is an essential resource for Americans concerned about their civil rights.

About the Author

BARBARA OLSHANSKY is the Leah Kaplan Distinguished Professor in Human Rights at Stanford University. Previously, she was deputy legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and director counsel of the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative there. She was one of the lead attorneys who brought the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that resulted in a decision allowing the nearly 600 detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to challenge their unlawful indefinite detentions.