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Freedom at risk : secrecy, censorship, and repression in the 1980s /
edited by Richard O. Curry.
imprint
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1988.
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xviii, 423 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0877225435 (alk. paper)
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Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1988.
isbn
0877225435 (alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
296699
 
Bibliography: p. [387]-411.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-04:
According to the editor, the conclusion that "individual liberties are secondary to the requirements of national security" has led to "a massive assault on civil liberties" on more than one occasion in US history, arguably beginning with the response of President Abraham Lincoln to the problems posed by the secession of the southern states from the Union, in 1861 (see R.S. Hirschfield's The Constitution and the Court, 1962). Whether the Reagan administration's assault upon such liberties "is unparalleled in American history in its scope and intensity" is at least arguable, but Curry has put together an important, frightening "indictment of the Reagan administration" in 25 articles by 29 authors. That the editor overstates his thesis (cf. 1861) and that the articles are uneven in quality does not lessen the importance of the collection, which apparently was inspired by a 1984 conference, "The Reagan Administration and the First Amendment," held at the University of Michigan Law School. Good bibliography; adequate index. For general readers, upper-level students, and faculty. -F. W. Neuber, Western Kentucky University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1988-09-23:
This collection of 25 essays constitutes a credible and alarming expose of the Reagan administration's disregard for First Amendment values and its aggressive attempts to institutionalize government secrecy, censorship and repression. Athan Theoharis reveals new practices in FBI domestic surveillance; Michael Ratner and Eleanor Stein examine ``The New Conspiracy Trail: Patterns in Federal Prosecution'' (which include preventive detention and anonymous juries); Mark Schapiro reports on the exclusion of certain foreign visitors on ideological grounds (``the excludables'' include writers Graham Greene, Farley Mowat, Gabriel Garcia Marquez); American-born Margaret Randall describes her battle with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which is attempting to deport her on the basis of her anti-government writings; Steven Burkholder analyzes the case of Samuel Loring Morrison, the first American convicted of espionage for leaking information to the press. There are several hard-hitting pieces on the Administration's dangerously narrow interpretation of the Freedom of Information Act and federal restrictions of the free flow of academic information and ideas. Curry is a history professor at the University of Connecticut. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 1988-11-01:
Contributors to this solemn collection of 25 essays share the conviction that the Reagan administration has categorically and substantively weakened political liberties in the United States by institutionalizing the repressive powers of government, particularly in the national bureaucracy. Included are pieces by Thomas I. Emerson on the status of the First Amendment; Nat Hentoff on the dangers to individual privacy posed by random drug testing; and Diana Autin on the Reagan effort to gut the Freedom of Information Act. In addition, editor Curry provides in his introductory essay a timely overview of the major issues. Kenneth F. Kister, Pinellas Park P.L., Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"A credible and alarming exposeacute; of the Reagan administrationrs"s disregard for First Amendment values and its aggressive attempts to institutionalize government secrecy, censorship and repression." -Publishers Weekly
"A credible and alarming expos of the Reagan administration's disregard for First Amendment values and its aggressive attempts to institutionalize government secrecy, censorship and repression." -- Publishers Weekly
"A credible and alarming exposé of the Reagan administration's disregard for First Amendment values and its aggressive attempts to institutionalize government secrecy, censorship and repression." -Publishers Weekly"The depressing dope about disinformation, domestic surveillance, drug testing, and other federal foul play. Splendidly comprehensive." -Village Voice Literary Supplement"Its message could hardly be more timely. It should be prized by scholars and experts: it also cries out for the readership of all Americans concerned with the damage inflicted on the process of opinion formation, and with the preservation of Constitutional freedoms endangered by the misguided Reaganite obsession with 'national security' as the all-purpose justification for trampling on rights recognized after long years of struggle." -Frank J. Donner, author of The Un-Americans and Age of Surveillance"More clearly and precisely than any book I am aware of, this volume of essays explains just how the Reagan Administration, since 1981, has clipped, gouged, and plain ignored the Bill of Rights. Even people who are generally aware of what has been happening will be stunned by the frightening range of constitutional violations. If our next Resident would be faithful to his oath of office, he should read and reread this book." -Prof. Norman Dorsen, President, American Civil Liberties Union"This is a wide-ranging treatment, both hard hitting and reasoned, of secrecy, censorship, and repression at the hands of the Reagan operatives who, as self-styled conservatives, should know better A stellar roster of experts dramatizes the vulnerabilities of the American creed of freedom to attacks on many fronts. An especially timely book as we approach the Bill of Rights bicentennial." -James MacGregor Burns, Williams College
"A credible and alarming exposé of the Reagan administration's disregard for First Amendment values and its aggressive attempts to institutionalize government secrecy, censorship and repression." --Publishers Weekly"The depressing dope about disinformation, domestic surveillance, drug testing, and other federal foul play. Splendidly comprehensive." --Village Voice Literary Supplement"Its message could hardly be more timely. It should be prized by scholars and experts: it also cries out for the readership of all Americans concerned with the damage inflicted on the process of opinion formation, and with the preservation of Constitutional freedoms endangered by the misguided Reaganite obsession with 'national security' as the all-purpose justification for trampling on rights recognized after long years of struggle." --Frank J. Donner, author of The Un-Americans and Age of Surveillance"More clearly and precisely than any book I am aware of, this volume of essays explains just how the Reagan Administration, since 1981, has clipped, gouged, and plain ignored the Bill of Rights. Even people who are generally aware of what has been happening will be stunned by the frightening range of constitutional violations. If our next Resident would be faithful to his oath of office, he should read and reread this book." --Prof. Norman Dorsen, President, American Civil Liberties Union"This is a wide-ranging treatment, both hard hitting and reasoned, of secrecy, censorship, and repression at the hands of the Reagan operatives who, as self-styled conservatives, should know better A stellar roster of experts dramatizes the vulnerabilities of the American creed of freedom to attacks on many fronts. An especially timely book as we approach the Bill of Rights bicentennial." --James MacGregor Burns, Williams College
"Its message could hardly be more timely. It should be prized by scholars and experts: it also cries out for the readership of all Americans concerned with the damage inflicted on the process of opinion formation, and with the preservation of Constitutional freedoms endangered by the misguided Reaganite obsession with 'national security' as the all-purpose justification for trampling on rights recognized after long years of struggle." -- Frank J. Donner , author of The Un-Americans and Age of Surveillance
"Its message could hardly be more timely. It should be prized by scholars and experts: it also cries out for the readership of all Americans concerned with the damage inflicted on the process of opinion formation, and with the preservation of Constitutional freedoms endangered by the misguided Reaganite obsession with 'national security' as the all-purpose justification for trampling on rights recognized after long years of struggle." -Frank J. Donner, author ofThe Un-Americans and Age of Surveillance
"The depressing dope about disinformation, domestic surveillance, drug testing, and other federal foul play. Splendidly comprehensive." -- Village Voice Literary Supplement
"The depressing dope about disinformation, domestic surveillance, drug testing, and other federal foul play. Splendidly comprehensive." -Village Voice Literary Supplement
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Summaries
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The Reagan Administration's belief that "individual liberties are secondary to the requirements of national security" has led to a massive assault on civil liberties that is unparalleled in American history in its scope and intensity. This indictment of the Reagan Administration examines how exaggerated fears of Soviet capabilities, hostility to the concept of an open society, as well as a search for "total security" and a revolution in constitutional law have not only justified but have institutionalized an attack on the Bill of Rights in ways that will be difficult if not impossible to eradicate.While citing historical precedent for counter-subversive crusades, the contributors to Freedom at Risk discuss an alarming number of incidents and ways in which the Reagan Administration has made radical departures with the past in its zealous enforcement of secrecy, censorship, and repression, especially with regards to Central American policies. Author note: Richard O. Curry is Professor of American History at the University of Connecticut.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
About the Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
The State of the First Amendment as We Enter """"1984""""p. 31
Federal Restrictions on the Free Flow of Academic Information and Ideasp. 45
Thought Control and the Writing of Historyp. 60
The Reagan Administration and the Freedom of Information Actp. 69
Coming: the Big Chill?p. 86
A Proposal to Limit Government-Imposed Secrecyp. 94
Notesp. 102
Office of Management and Budget: the Hidden Powerp. 103
Notesp. 116
The Morison Case: the Leaker as """"Spy""""p. 117
Notesp. 138
The New Seditious Libelp. 140
The Excludablesp. 162
When the Imagination of the Writer is Confronted by the Imagination of the Statep. 169
Notep. 177
Paranoia -- Reagan Style: Encounters with the Usiap. 178
Choices: International Education, Civil Liberties, and Domestic Politics During the 1980sp. 192
Notep. 202
Disinformation and Mass Deception: Democracy as a Cover Storyp. 203
The Language of the Arms Race: Should the People Limit Government Speech?p. 224
Presumption of Guiltp. 245
The Politics of America's Latest Drug Scarep. 251
Conservative Politics and Surveillance: the Cold War, the Reagan Administration, and the FBIp. 259
The Reagan Administration, the First Amendment, and FBI Domestic Security Investigationsp. 272
Notesp. 287
The New Conspiracy Trial: Patterns in Federal Prosecutionp. 289
Notesp. 299
The Sanctuary Movementp. 301
Notesp. 314
The Reagan Administration and the Federal Judiciaryp. 315
The Sharon Verdict: Wrong Case, Wrong Place, Wrong Resultp. 335
Beyond Westmoreland: the Right's Attack on the Pressp. 341
Inaccuracy in Media: Accuracy in Media Rewrites the News and Historyp. 355
Who Feathers Aim's Nestp. 379
Reed Rushes Inp. 385
Selected Bibliographyp. 387
Indexp. 413
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