In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror
(William Morrow, 2007)
In a new book, In Defense of Our America, the executive director of the ACLU, Anthony Romero, and journalist Dina Temple-Raston claim that the legal protections set forth in the Bill of Rights are eroding in the age of terror. Against the backdrop of post-9/11 America, the authors go behind the scenes of some of the most important civil liberties cases in recent years. From the story of the "American Taliban" to the battle against the National Security Agency's warrantless spying program, Romero and Temple-Raston track a roster of legal battles concerning the rights of individuals suspected of terrorism. The authors also discuss civil liberties skirmishes beyond the war on terrorism, such as a modern-day Scopes trial in Dover, Pennsylvania. Join us for a discussion about the proper role of government in a free society.