Watergate whistleblower and former White House counsel John W. Dean is a man who knows what happens behind closed doors in a corrupt administration. Now, in his explosive new examination of the dark side of the Bush-Cheney White House, he lays out the overwhelming evidence of the pervasive secrecy in the current administration and suggests how to put an end to these abuses of presidential power. BE WARNED.The Bush team has shamelessly exploited the threat of terrorism to justify secret tactics more befitting third world ...
Watergate whistleblower and former White House counsel John W. Dean is a man who knows what happens behind closed doors in a corrupt administration. Now, in his explosive new examination of the dark side of the Bush-Cheney White House, he lays out the overwhelming evidence of the pervasive secrecy in the current administration and suggests how to put an end to these abuses of presidential power. BE WARNED.The Bush team has shamelessly exploited the threat of terrorism to justify secret tactics more befitting third world tyrants than today's democratic leaders - while at the same time aggressively violating the privacy of the rest of America. As Dean shows, among other things, Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft and other administration figures have asserted an unprecedented view of executive privilege to impede public access to historical records of prior presidents and vice presidents, to completely block public release of large numbers of Justice Department documents, and to thwart congressional investigators and public interest groups. The Bush team has engaged in willful distortion of information needed to effectively deal with threats to health and safety; the outright censorship of scientific data generated by regulatory agencies; and the suppression of facts that don't fit the administration's political agenda, secretly altering EPA reports to omit information critical of companies that have donated money to the Republicans, even when that information could save lives.
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Dean has really redeemed his reputation in all his good writing, this book included. The book is extremely informative about the history of the Bush era secrecy, deceit and usurpation that has long histories in the behavior of the two top figureheads of the period. It is easy to lose track of all the shenanigans that Bush and Cheney were documented to have engaged in long before (and not so long before) their accession to the highest office. He also intelligently weaves in parallels with the Nixon experience (even psychoanalyzing the various characters' motivations), in comparing and contrasting the situation with Watergate etc. (For instance Bush talks about his office in the third person, "the president needs this" "the president's power is thus" etc.) Dean is a lawyer and lawyerly sets out a lot of the information. I got the sense some of it was a little rushed, but that is not a reason not to read it. Actually quite a readable book too. Good work.
Jun 7, 2007
Every American Needs to Read This Book
This book is so important on many levels. We are living in an extraordinary time. The damage done to America by the current administration and its policy of secrecy will take decades to unravel. Every American should read this book. Thankfully we have patriots like John Dean who are willing to report truth and reason, something America needs.
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