Karen Greenberg’s book is an eye-opening account of what exactly we have sacrificed – knowingly or not – in personal freedom since 9/11 in the name of making a more secure “homeland”. Ms. Greenberg has written a thoroughly researched “biography” of the War on Terror and its consequences on us.
I enjoyed this book because I learned things that I didn’t know. I never knew the whole story of the FBI’s Minneapolis’ office’s futile attempts to convince their higher-ups to get warrant for Moussaoui, one of the 9/11 conspirators, who was arrested before 9/11, but his computer was not searched until after. Had the FBI obtained the warrant and looked at his computer, they would have notice of the 9/11 plot and might have been able to stop it.
This book also tells the story of the John Ashcroft, the Department of Justice, and its use of the law to forge its own national security complex, no matter the consequence of these acts. Ms. Greenberg discussed Edward Snowden, John Yoo, and all of the mechanisms that have led to torture, Guantanamo, and the erosion of our rights and our privacy.
If you are concerned about the future of national security and its effects on our right, I recommend you read this book.
I received a copy of the is book from Blogging for Books and have received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed herein are mine and mine along.