By Richard A. Clarke
Examines America's struggle on terror, either ahead of and after September eleventh, together with what went wrong or right, the operations of al Qaeda, the dept of place of birth safety, and different the most important activities of the Bush management.
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T h e monstrous attack on America that took the lives of thousands on September 11,2001, sent waves of anguish through the nation, setting in motion a response whose outlines we are just beginning to sketch. The way we complete that sketch will determine whether the terrorists will destroy more than lives and towering structures but also the very foundations of our freedom. To watch Congress take up a complex set of antiterrorism measures with lightning speed, with the usually lumbering Senate passing the whole legislative package in less than thirty minutes, is a refreshing change.
It also allows federal officials to obtain nationwide search warrants for terrorism investigations, including for electronic surveillance. Facilitating Intelligence Surveillance Procedures The act enables law enforcement officials to obtain from the Foreign Surveillance Court (FSC), a special intelligence court, the authority for roving wiretaps on a person suspected of involvement in terrorism so that any telephone used by that person may be monitored. In the past, authorities had to return to the FSC to receive separate authorizations for each phone used by the suspect.
This fluid approach is only common sense. If it is true, therefore, that the events of September 11have revealed the United States to be in much greater jeopardy from international terrorism than had previously been believed-have revealed it to be threatened by a diffuse, shadowy enemy that must be fought with police measures as well as military force-it stands to reason that our civil liberties will be curtailed. They should be curtailed, to the extent that the benefits in greater security outweigh the costs in reduced liberty.
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard A. Clarke