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Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror - A Public Defender's Inside Account (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 3. Juni 2008

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 380 Seiten
  • Verlag: Other Press; Auflage: New. (3. Juni 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1590512952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590512951
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,4 x 2,9 x 23,4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 856.910 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The Seattle Times
"This is an ingenious book...a compelling story of two men wrongly imprisoned, and a legal system that makes it no easy thing to help them."

The Midwest Book Review
"A grand and important must read for anyone questioning the protection of our civil liberties."

Publishers Weekly
Starred review

“Federal public defender Wax masterfully delivers a harrowing story of the erosion of civil liberties after the September 11 terrorist attacks in a powerful testimony that reads like a thriller. . Wax offers personal insight and professional outrage; his is a powerful voice that deserves to reach all Americans.”

Clive Stafford Smith
Founder and Legal Director of Reprieve (UK); author of Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side

“Steven Wax’s office has done some of the best work of any lawyers when it comes to exposing the truth about prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. It is important for the international community to take notice of this eloquently told account.”

Kris Olson
U.S. Attorney for Oregon (1994-2001) and author of Standing Tall

“Steven Wax vividly portrays how chillingly close we have come to forsaking our foundational beliefs of justice and liberty. Precisely because he is devoted to deeply-held American values, this book has the power to promote effective activism against a government that has lost its way. Wax writes with authority, both moral and legal.”

Joseph Margulies
author of Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power

“Some day, the United States will leave its post-9/11 cave. But principles wither with prolonged disuse, and if we emerge with ours intact, it will be in some measure because of courageous lawyers like Steve Wax.”

Phillip Margolin
author of Executive Privilege
“Wax’s true story is heart-wrenching and as scary as any fictional thriller. This is a must read for anyone who cares about maintaining the freedoms that make this country great.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Those interested in an inside account of how attorneys represent unpopular clients will learn a great deal from the behind-the-scenes strategy sessions detailed here… offers important insights into what can happen when overzealous prosecutors believe that the ends justify any means”

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Steven Wax

Steven Wax is in his sixth term as the Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon. A cum laude graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Law School, he was a key part of the Brooklyn, N.Y. District Attorney's prosecution of David Berkowitz, a.k.a."The Son of Sam." Wax and his team are currently representing seven men held as "enemy combatants"; in Guantanamo. He has taught at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, serves as an ethics prosecutor for the Oregon State Bar, and lectures throughout the country.

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Von Janine Stoisiek am 19. März 2010
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Ich kann das Buch wirklich nur jedem empfehlen der sich interessiert mit der Guantanamo Problematik auseinander setzt. Es werden Hintergruende dargestellt, wie die Gesetze in Amerika zu diesem Thema sind, wie die unschuldigen Gefangenen nach Gantanamo gebracht wurden und wie Wax versuchte sie vor Gericht zu vertreten.
Er beschreibt in diesem Buch zwei Faelle, die er ausreichend mit Hintergrundinformationen versorgt, sodass man keine Ahnung von Recht haben muss um diese Faelle zu verstehen oder nachvollziehen zu koennen.
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Thrilling and chilling inside view of our lost rights 15. Juni 2008
Von D. Cannard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This past week I lost several hours of sleep as I devoured Steven Wax's well written book that reads like a crime thriller and tells the sadly true stories of two innocent men caught up in a tangle of legal roadblocks and deceit as the Bush administration has abused its power and taken away the rights of Americans and foreigners alike in its overzealous "war on terror". I had expected a dry treatise on rights and justice laced with legal mumbo jumbo and instead found myself unable to put the book down - it is an engaging read as the twists and turns of the two cases unfold and eroding rights endanger innocent people with tragic results.

Most importantly, wrapped up in the two cases are harrowing and chilling lessons for all people who value freedom, democracy, and the simple right to a fair day in court to defend oneself against unfounded and erroneous charges drummed up by a government Administration gone bad. The tragic stories of the two innocent men at the core of the book clearly illustrate the insidious effects and dangerous impact of abdicating our rights. The 2 tales show how lost rights mean we lose the moral and ethical high ground and undermine the strength of our democracy when we need it most.

Lastly, the book exposes the inspiring courage of not only the victims, but also of those who work tirelessly to defend our freedoms, rights, and responsibilities. Judges who uphold the law and Constitution, insiders who risk censure or worse by shedding light on hidden unfair or illegal practices, and lawyers like Steven Wax and his team who are tireless in their defense of the Constitution and our rights.

A gripping read on one level, an important illumination of the erosion of Constitutional rights on another, and a motivating call to arms for all citizens who value democracy, freedom, and the rule of law (not to mention common sense). I highly recommend this book.
11 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Haunting but hopeful 16. Juni 2008
Von Carolyn M. Welshhans - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Kafka Comes to America by Steve Wax tells the harrowing story of two of the author's clients who had the misfortune of being terrorist suspects under the Bush Administration's new legal regime. Brandon Mayfield, an American lawyer, was arrested and held as a "material witness" after the FBI misidentified a fingerprint linked to the Madrid bombings even in the face of disagreements by their Spanish counterparts. Adel Hamad, a Sudanese hospital administrator, was arrested at his home in Pakistan and held at Guantanamo even after Steve and his team compiled substantial evidence of his innocence.

Neither of these stories should seem unfamiliar or even all that surprising to those who have spent even the smallest amount of time just reading the news. Yet, Kafka Comes to America presents multiple, disturbing revelations. Beyond just the details of Brandon and Adel's individual stories, which are horrifying but important to know in their own right, the book discusses how each of these awful stories is not only possible but likely to be repeated in the U.S. Kafka Comes to America makes it impossible for the reader to dismiss all of the things that happened to Brandon and Adel as anomalies or because of a "few bad apples" or something that happened to a few guys who are different from the reader and therefore somehow to blame. Rather, the book explains how what Brandon and Adel have endured is due to a systematic perversion of America's legal system. It happened through executive coup, legislative complicity, and judicial cowardice.

In addition, the book discusses how all of this has grave implications for all of us. First, we should be outraged that it has been done in our name. I always have felt that way, but this book heightened that feeling. Steve's prose is straightforward, which matches what, at heart, is a very simple turn of events: our government grabbed for power and, for the most part, no one including the law stopped them. It is so easy to understand that it is scary. That is the second implication: we should all be scared that what happened to Brandon and Adel could happen to us. If it is too difficult to imagine being accused of terrorism (which it should not be after reading about Brandon), is it really so hard to imagine being accused of something more mundane but being subjected to the enhanced powers of the authorities now that many checks and balances have been removed?

Steve makes the important point in his book that we should take some comfort from the fact that our government does pay him to fight these fights against the government. He is right, and it provides hope that we can regain what we have lost. I will take at least two things from Steve's book. First, while we are rightly focused on closing Guantanamo and restoring habeas corpus, there are other laws and concepts that have started seeping into our national consciousness that we will need to address to ensure Guantanamo never happens again. Second, I know that I will read ever more critically news reports of suspected terrorists, including American citizens and arrested, even when there is a supposed 100% certain fingerprint match. Thank you to Steve for writing this book. Now go read it.
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This one goes to 11! 23. Juni 2008
Von Michael Morrow - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Stars, that is! If there is anything sure about today's "new world order", it's that Americans need to think deeply about what being "American" actually means. Innocent people locked up, tortured, harassed and humiliated is as Un-American as is possible, and "we the people" should be incensed. Steve Wax has written a fast paced, engaging, "fair and balanced" first hand account of our civil liberties run amok, and the passionate folks who tirelessly pursue justice. Let there be no doubt- Liberty requires the courage to illuminate the truth so the world can see.

Steve's book is important, amazing and enthralling. You will not be disappointed.
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A Moving Human Story From the War on Terror 19. September 2010
Von D. Maddock - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Whether you are a conservative alarmed at the power government wields over your life or a liberal who finds America's endless wars and limitations on citizens' rights troubling, this book will detail how the War on Terror affected the lives of two innocent men, one foreign, one American. And, yes, it could happen to any of us. "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," words of wisdom often attributed to Jefferson, speaks to both sides of the political spectrum.

Steven Wax has written a moving recounting of two young men's efforts to fight for their good names, and his efforts to help them in two legal cases. It's a quick read of the "you can't put it down" variety, and although marred in a few tangental ways by a small number of historical misstatements, the facts of the cases are compelling. As a history teacher, I've waved a copy of the book in front of my classes, urging them to familiarize themselves with what is really going on in people's lives and not to fall victim to sweeping bumper sticker political posturing that is removed from real lives.

Reading the stories of Brandon Mayfield and Adel Hamad makes you both angry and proud, angry that the U.S. legal system could wreak such damage on people's lives, proud that public officials are willing to go the extra mile to correct such abuses. I imagine that this book will be a primary source in the history looked at for generations by historians trying to make sense of what we did to fight terrorism -- and ended up doing to ourselves. I'd grab a copy before it disappears from print and spend a few hours finding out what your government is capable of doing, both for bad and for good.
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A grand and important must read for anyone questioning the protection of our civil liberties 9. Oktober 2008
Von Midwest Book Review - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Everyone is entitled to a fair and just trial, even suspected terrorists, right? "Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror" takes a look at the state of civil liberties in this tumultuous time of the war on terror. Arguing that some of the measures that have been put in place in the call for justice in this post-9/11 world are in fact against what America's most treasured document the Bill of Rights in the name of false security, Wax paints a picture of several cases of justice that readers will find surprising to read. "Kafka Comes to America" is a grand and important must read for anyone questioning the protection of our civil liberties.
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