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Patriots act : voices of dissent and the risk of speaking out /
Bill Katovsky.
imprint
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons, c2006.
description
xiii, 322 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1592288162 (hbk.)
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Book
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imprint
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons, c2006.
isbn
1592288162 (hbk.)
standard identifier
9781592288168
general note
Includes index.
abstract
Includes profiles and oral histories of political protesters such as John Sellers, Max Cleland, Nicole Rank, Jeff Rank, Tweeti Blancett, Mort Sahl, Nadin Hamoui, Paul Hackett, Bogdan Dzakovic, Randi Rhodes, Max Mecklenburg, Coleen Rowley, Lorenzo Dominguez, Paul Krugman, Kathy Kelly, John Dempsey, Teresa Chambers, Kevin Sites, Rand Beers, Jay Stroup, and Daniel Ellsberg.
catalogue key
6012185
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Excerpts
Excerpt from Book
A Soldier Speaks Out California Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Lorenzo Dominguez ************* I decided to speak out because it's the difference between life or death. I'm very in touch with my mortality nowaday. It's the difference of being prepared and not being prepared. At forty-five, I don't feel like bullets can bounce off my chest anymore like I did when I was eighteen, nineteen. I think that's why the military really loves the teenagers, because, well they think that nothing bad can happen to them, but as you get older, you start realizing that bad things can happen and do happen to us all the time. And the quality of the training here is so poor and so pathetic. Everybody complains, but nobody can or does anything. I mean, they complain to the chain of command, but the chain of command really doesn't care; they're here to make their rank or to get the next star. And I just realized how cruel it really is when you just become another body to be thrown into the grinder. But I'm responsible for nine men in my squad as their squad leader. I made commitments to them and to most of their mothers and fathers that I would bring them back home from Iraq in one piece. The base's upper command accused me of endangering the military and possibly aiding the enemy. I was told by the Public Affairs Officer that the L. A. Times article would probably be grabbed on my Al Qaeda and Al-Jazeera, and that we would be shown that we don't want to fight. And that just cannot be farther from the truth. My men are motivated; my men believe, like I do, that this is a just war. We just need the proper equipment. We cannot be part of this great country - you cannot be sending me to war if you're not going to give me the best of the best to fight it with. Don't send me there with one arm tied behind my back.
First Chapter

A Soldier Speaks Out

California Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Lorenzo Dominguez

*************
I decided to speak out because it's the difference between life or death. I'm
very in touch with my mortality nowaday. It's the difference of being prepared and not being prepared. At forty-five, I don't feel like bullets can bounce off my chest anymore like I did when I was eighteen, nineteen. I think that's why the military really loves the teenagers, because, well they think that nothing bad can happen to them, but as you get older, you start realizing that bad things can happen and do happen to us all the time. And the quality of the training here is so poor and so pathetic. Everybody complains, but nobody can or does anything. I mean, they complain to the chain of command, but the chain of command really doesn't care; they're here to make their rank or to get the next star. And I just realized how cruel it really is when you just become another body to be thrown into the grinder. But I'm responsible for nine men in my squad as their squad leader. I made commitments to them and to most of their mothers and fathers that I would bring them back home from Iraq in one piece.

The base's upper command accused me of endangering the military and possibly aiding the enemy. I was told by the Public Affairs Officer that the L. A. Times article would probably be grabbed on my Al Qaeda and Al-Jazeera, and that we would be shown that we don't want to fight. And that just cannot be farther from the truth. My men are motivated; my men believe, like I do, that this is a just war. We just need the proper equipment. We cannot be part of this great country - you cannot be sending me to war if you're not going to give me the best of the best to fight it with. Don't send me there with one arm tied behind my back.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Iraq is Vietnam on steroids."-- Max Cleland, former Senator and triple-amputee Vietnam War veteran "Every single person in the FBI and CIA who made mistakes pre-9/11 got promoted Every single person who made mistakes post-9/11 got promoted. The highest level people. Ive had conspiracists say, 'Oh, this guy was promoted in the FBI!' Well, that's nothing. They all were promoted. Every single person involved."-- Coleen Rowley Former FBI agent, 9/11whistleblower, and Time magazine Person of the Year "Once the officers had cuffed us and we stood up, they had no choice but to lead us out directly in front of the media stand. But by then the cameras were already trained on us. Reporters started following us. Then large numbers of the crowd were chanting against us, but I dont remember what they were saying. What I do remember was America the Beautiful was playing on the loudspeakers while we were being walked out in handcuffs. It was very surreal, like a movie."--Jeff Rank, who was arrested with his wife Nicole for wearing anti-Bush -shirts at a Presidential event in Charleston, West Virginia "I'm very very concerned that the Republicans will exploit the next 9/11. I expect there to be another 9/11. They will use that as a Reichstag fire to close down democracy very seriously in this country. I don't use that analogy lightly either. We really are in a pre-authoritarian situation here.--Daniel Ellsberg, activist and leaker of the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times "I'm very much a patriot. The flag means something to me. It's not something that rises above the Constitution. Its symbol of something really good. My father always had this reverence for the flag. He trained me in flag etiquette. So I knew that an upside-down flag is not disrespectful. It means distress. And you never let a flag touch the floor. It's amazing,. How brainwashed you get about this flag. But it's a wonderful thing."--Randi Rhodes, Air America's top-rated talk show host "...powerful..."--Booklist (American Library Association) "as the title suggests, the book avoids becoming a partisan philippic by emphasizing the protestors' patriotismtheir faith in the idea of liberty at the core of the American political tradition and in the good intentions and courage of their fellow citizens. Readers who share Katovsky's politics will find this a bracing tribute to those who have risked popularity, a pristine police record, or a job by acting on their beliefs."--Publishers Weekly "Readers who share Katovsky's politics will find this a bracing tribute to those who have risked popularity, a pristine police record, or a job by acting on their beliefs."--Publishers Weekly "This powerful book explores what it really means to be patriotic..."-- Booklist "Explore your brand of patriotism and join the debate."--Bloomsbury Review "Patriots Act is a great oral history of the travails of life during the age of the Bush bowl."www.bushflash.com
"Iraq is Vietnam on steroids."-- Max Cleland, former Senator and triple-amputee Vietnam War veteran "Every single person in the FBI and CIA who made mistakes pre-9/11 got promoted Every single person who made mistakes post-9/11 got promoted. The highest level people. Ive had conspiracists say, 'Oh, this guy was promoted in the FBI!' Well, that's nothing. They all were promoted. Every single person involved."-- Coleen Rowley Former FBI agent, 9/11whistleblower, and Time magazine Person of the Year "Once the officers had cuffed us and we stood up, they had no choice but to lead us out directly in front of the media stand. But by then the cameras were already trained on us. Reporters started following us. Then large numbers of the crowd were chanting against us, but I dont remember what they were saying. What I do remember was America the Beautiful was playing on the loudspeakers while we were being walked out in handcuffs. It was very surreal, like a movie."--Jeff Rank, who was arrested with his wife Nicole for wearing anti-Bush -shirts at a Presidential event in Charleston, West Virginia "I'm very very concerned that the Republicans will exploit the next 9/11. I expect there to be another 9/11. They will use that as a Reichstag fire to close down democracy very seriously in this country. I don't use that analogy lightly either. We really are in a pre-authoritarian situation here.--Daniel Ellsberg, activist and leaker of the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times "I'm very much a patriot. The flag means something to me. It's not something that rises above the Constitution. Its symbol of something really good. My father always had this reverence for the flag. He trained me in flag etiquette. So I knew that an upside-down flag is not disrespectful. It means distress. And you never let a flag touch the floor. It's amazing,. How brainwashed you get about this flag. But it's a wonderful thing."--Randi Rhodes, Air America's top-rated talk show host "...powerful..."--Booklist (American Library Association) "as the title suggests, the book avoids becoming a partisan philippic by emphasizing the protestors' patriotismtheir faith in the idea of liberty at the core of the American political tradition and in the good intentions and courage of their fellow citizens. Readers who share Katovsky's politics will find this a bracing tribute to those who have risked popularity, a pristine police record, or a job by acting on their beliefs."-- Publishers Weekly "Readers who share Katovsky's politics will find this a bracing tribute to those who have risked popularity, a pristine police record, or a job by acting on their beliefs."-- Publishers Weekly "This powerful book explores what it really means to be patriotic..."-- Booklist "Explore your brand of patriotism and join the debate."-- Bloomsbury Review "Patriots Act is a great oral history of the travails of life during the age of the Bush bowl." www.bushflash.com
"Iraq is Vietnam on steroids." -- Max Cleland, former Senator and triple-amputee Vietnam War veteran *************** "Every single person in the FBI and CIA who made mistakes pre-9/11 got promoted Every single person who made mistakes post-9/11 got promoted. The highest level people. Ive had conspiracists say, 'Oh, this guy was promoted in the FBI!' Well, that's nothing. They all were promoted. Every single person involved." -- Coleen Rowley Former FBI agent, 9/11whistleblower, and Time magazine Person of the Year ************ "Once the officers had cuffed us and we stood up, they had no choice but to lead us out directly in front of the media stand. But by then the cameras were already trained on us. Reporters started following us. Then large numbers of the crowd were chanting against us, but I dont remember what they were saying. What I do remember was America the Beautiful was playing on the loudspeakers while we were being walked out in handcuffs. It was very surreal, like a movie." --Jeff Rank, who was arrested with his wife Nicole for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts at a Presidential event in Charleston, West Virginia ******* "I'm very very concerned that the Republicans will exploit the next 9/11. I expect there to be another 9/11. They will use that as a Reichstag fire to close down democracy very seriously in this country. I don't use that analogy lightly either. We really are in a pre-authoritarian situation here. --Daniel Ellsberg, activist and leaker of the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times *********** "I'm very much a patriot. The flag means something to me. It's notsomething that rises above the Constitution. Its symbol of something really good. My father always had this reverence for the flag. He trained me in flag etiquette. So I knew that an upside-down flag is not disrespectful. It means distress. And you never let a flag touch the floor. It's amazing, . How brainwashed you get about this flag. But it's a wonderful thing." --Randi Rhodes, Air America's top-rated talk show host ..."powerful..."--Booklist (American Library Association) "as the title suggests, the book avoids becoming a partisan philippic by emphasizing the protestors' patriotism--their faith in the idea of liberty at the core of the American political tradition and in the good intentions and courage of their fellow citizens. Readers who share Katovsky's politics will find this a bracing tribute to those who have risked popularity, a pristine police record, or a job by acting on their beliefs."--"Publishers Weekly" "Readers who share Katovsky's politics will find this a bracing tribute to those who have risked popularity, a pristine police record, or a job by acting on their beliefs."--"Publishers Weekly" "This powerful book explores what it really means to be patriotic..."--"Booklist "
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
A collection of interviews with individuals who risked their own lives, careers, or jail time to defend a principle or a cause are presented in this oral history examination of the human cost of rebellion in the United States.
Description for Library
Includes profiles and oral histories of political protesters such as John Sellers, Max Cleland, Nicole Rank, Jeff Rank, Tweeti Blancett, Mort Sahl, Nadin Hamoui, Paul Hackett, Bogdan Dzakovic, Randi Rhodes, Max Mecklenburg, Coleen Rowley, Lorenzo Dominguez, Paul Krugman, Kathy Kelly, John Dempsey, Teresa Chambers, Kevin Sites, Rand Beers, Jay Stroup, and Daniel Ellsberg.
Long Description
BookSense Notable Pick "Powerful" ---Booklist What is the relationship between patriotism and dissent? Why is political protest often maligned as disloyal and un-American? And what are the risks for speaking out and taking a principled stand? These questions form the backbone of PATRIOTS ACT: VOICES OF DISSENT AND THE RISK OF SPEAKING OUT. Here are interviews with federal whistle-blowers, peace activists, military veterans, members of the media, practioners of nonviolent civil disobedience, and former high-ranking government officials. They represent the many types of protest found in this country. These individuals have exercised their rights, resisting censorship and the restriction of free expression-often with surprising results. Some were publicly vilified as a result of their defiance and outspokenness. Others jeopardized their careers. Several went to jail. They have diverse backgrounds and political views-liberal and conservative, young and old, secular and religious-but they all share a common commitment to speaking the truth, regardless of the Among the voices heard in PATRIOTS ACT. Each interview in PATRIOTS ACT traces its own narrative arc. The cumulative effect of these oral histories embodies what is best about our national character. It also shows why it's important to stand vigilant against those who wrap themselves so tightly in our nation's flag that they can neither see nor hear what others are actually saying. Dissent is our birthright. It should not be silenced. Here are some of the patriots who speak out in the book: "You can't chalk this all up to failure to imagine, when in mid-August an agent in my office was on the phone and saying to FBIheadquarters, This is a guy who could fly into the World Trade Center!" -Coleen Rowley, FBI 9/11 whistle-blower and "Time person of the year "When I write a column that really bothers people, even something about Bush's personal character or, oddly, something that says that the economy isn't doing too great, I can get up to 1,500 hostile e-mails." -Paul Krugman, New York Times op-ed columnist "The Republicans will take someone and tear them to shreds. They will question their patriotism. They call me Osama bin Randi. Randi Hussein. Tokyo Rhodes." -Randi Rhodes, Air America Radio talk-show host "We have a White House now that is extremely dangerous. They don't believe in democracy. Now is the time for people to show courage. I would like to see a lot more whistle-blowing." -Daniel Ellsberg, leaker of Pentagon Papers and peace activist "I have known both military and political battles. I have been traumatically wounded by both. Winston Churchill said that politics is a lot like war, except in war, you get killed once. In politics you get killed many times." -Max Cleland, former U.S. Senator and war veteran who lost three limbs in Vietnam "Large numbers of the crowd began chanting against us. 'America the Beautiful' was playing on the loudspeakers while we were being walked out in handcuffs by the cops." -Jeff and Nicole Rank, arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts during the president's Independence Day speech "Nonviolent civil disobedience has really been maligned. Oftentimes the violence done to people of nonviolent means is then turned around and projected backonto them, so it looks like they deserve what they got. Then it's easier forprotests to be dismissed or marginalized by the media." -John Sellers, the Ruckus Society Other interviews in PATRIOTS ACT include: former FAA Red Team Leader Bogdan Dzakovic who criticizes aviation security and tells why it's still unsafe to fly; Rand Beers, special assistant to the president for combating terrorism, explains why he quit the White House five days before the start of the Iraq War; Nadin Hamoui, a young Syrian-American woman, relives her arrest and detention during the post-9/11 roundup of foreign nationals; war correspondent Kevin Sites recounts the
Main Description
What is the relationship between patriotism and dissent? Why is political protest often maligned as disloyal and un-American? And what are the risks for speaking out and taking a principled stand? These questions form the backbone of Patriots Act: Voices Of Dissent and the Risk of Speaking Out. Here are interviews with federal whistle- blowers, peace activists, military veterans, members of the media, practioners of nonviolent civil disobedience, and former high-ranking government officials. They represent the many types of protest found in this country. These individuals have exercised their rights, resisting censorship and the restriction of free expression-often with surprising results. Some were publicly vilified as a result of their defiance and outspokenness. Others jeopardized their careers. Several went to jail. They have diverse backgrounds and political views-liberal and conservative, young and old, secular and religious-but they all share a common commitment to speaking the truth, regardless of the Among the voices heard in Patriots Act. Each interview in Patriots Act traces its own narrative arc. The cumulative effect of these oral histories embodies what is best about our national character. It also shows why it's important to stand vigilant against those who wrap themselves so tightly in our nation's flag that they can neither see nor hear what others are actually saying. Dissent is our birthright. It should not be silenced.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. xi
Mr. Ruckus Societyp. 1
An American Herop. 37
"Free Speech" on the Fourth of Julyp. 55
Fighting Big Oil and Gasp. 71
Funny Businessp. 83
The Detaineep. 91
The Fighting Democratp. 99
To Think Like a Terroristp. 121
The Flaming Liberalp. 149
Sunday in Hellp. 163
The 9/11 Bombshell Memop. 173
Unfriendly Firep. 191
Democrats Read Him and Republicans Hate Himp. 199
Arrest in Peacep. 205
Political Freedom and National Securityp. 223
The Honest Chiefp. 231
The Shot Seen Around the Worldp. 245
The White House Defectorp. 265
Real Baggagep. 283
Truth, Lies, and Warp. 287
Acknowledgmentsp. 305
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