By Athan Theoharis
Athan Theoharis, lengthy a revered authority on surveillance and secrecy, validated his attractiveness for meticulous scholarship together with his paintings at the loyalty safety application constructed lower than Truman and McCarthy. In Abuse of strength, Theoharis keeps his research of U.S. executive surveillance and historicizes the 9-11 response.
Criticizing the U.S. government's mystery actions and regulations during times of "unprecedented crisis," he recounts how presidents and FBI officers exploited issues approximately foreign-based inner defense threats.
Drawing on info sequestered until eventually lately in FBI files, Theoharis exhibits how those mystery actions on this planet warfare II and chilly conflict eras extended FBI surveillance powers and, within the technique, eroded civil liberties with out considerably advancing valid safeguard interests.
Passionately argued, this well timed ebook speaks to the prices and results of still-secret post-9/11 surveillance courses and counterintelligence disasters. finally, Abuse of energy makes the case that the abusive surveillance regulations of the chilly battle years have been repeated within the government's responses to the September eleven attacks.
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McGranery at the same time purposefully sidestepped the broader issues that Hoover had raised in his November memorandum—whether to suspend the writ of habeas corpus, base apprehensions on individual or general warrants showing probable cause, base detention hearings on rules of evidence, grant detainees the right of appeal to the courts, and allow agents to conduct searches and confiscate contraband when apprehending individuals. Having simply affirmed the department’s “intention,” the attorney general represented this decision as concurrence with the “Bureau’s concepts” of the emergency detention program and Security Index standards.
17 An employee of the Justice Department’s alien registration section, Coplon was arrested by FBI agents on March 4, 1949, as she was about to deliver twenty-eight FBI reports to Valentin Gubitchev, a Soviet agent employed by the 32 / Chapter 2 United Nations. , and New York City—the Washington indictment for unauthorized possession of classified documents and the New York indictment for the further crime of attempting to deliver the FBI reports to an agent of a foreign government. At the onset of her Washington trial, Coplon’s attorney convinced the presiding judge, Albert Reeves, to order the submission as evidence of the twenty-eight FBI documents so the defense could evaluate the legitimacy of the national-security classified claim.
9 Jackson’s decision to minimize the discovery of this secret wiretapping policy had far-reaching consequences and in effect subverted Roosevelt’s complementary requirement that the Justice Department exercise tight oversight over such FBI uses. Succeeding attorneys general could learn of an ongoing wiretap only if briefed by the FBI director. Jackson’s further failure to limit the duration of approved wiretaps and to require that continuance demand his reauthorization ensured that FBI wiretaps could be extended indefinitely and without FBI officials having to prove that the originally stated claim of a security threat existed and had been addressed.