"With Liberty and Justice for Some" by Glenn Greenwald

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    With Liberty and Justice for Some


    Greenwald's latest book, an pretty quick and easy read at only 274 pages, is written in a simple straightforward style.

    In the book, Greenwald postulates (and proves, in my opinion) that the US criminal and civil justice system has seriously devolved from the original constitutional intention of creating "a nation of laws, not men."

    Greenwald gives plenty of examples of how US gov't officials and financial elites have gotten away with flagrant illegality while at the same time average citizens without a great deal of resources or influence are increasingly being incarcerated with longer and longer sentences for relatively petty offenses. It also shows how the US ranks in relation to other Western countries regarding incarceration rates. Shockingly, the numbers of Americans in prison has skyrocketed in the last few decades, even as people who are wealthy and/or 'well-connected' in some way (particularly high-ranking gov't officials) often receive very light sentences or outright pardons for their crimes, assuming they're prosecuted at all.


    Additionally, politicians in both parties embrace a law and order platform which, while popular with the electorate as a whole, seems to make a mockery of justice by also tying the hands of judges who are forced by statute to mete out mandatory sentences.

    I recommend it for anyone who wants to get a clearer look at our current system of justice compared to the way it used to work decades ago.

    In the book, both President G W Bush and President Obama are taken to task for their respective roles of illegality and perpetuating an increasingly unjust system.


    If you want to know what's really going on in this country regarding our criminal justice system, you should read Greenwald's book.
     
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    First published in August 2011

    Edit to add a correction to my original post:

    I removed the following sentence from my original post:

    "In the book, both President G W Bush and President Obama are taken to task for their respective roles of illegality and perpetuating an increasingly unjust system."

    The reason I removed that sentence is because I temporarily confused the above book with a different book by Glenn Greenwald that I also read titled, "How Would a Patriot Act?" The other book is about various constitutional abuses which have come about as a result of the passage of the Patriot Act which was enacted after the 9-11 attacks on America and how that well-intentioned law is effectively circumventing Americans' constitutional rights to due process.
     
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