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In The Assault on Reason, Al Gore has given us another urgent warning - that our democracy is slip-sliding away from its moorings. Of special interest to librarians is Chapter Five, "The Assault on the Individual. " Gore reminds us of unlawful enemy combatants who can be detained indefinitely, of privacy intrusions via the Patriot Act, of the warrantless eavesdropping program revealed in late 2005 and of Abu Ghraib. Asks Gore, "If the president has the inherent authority to eavesdrop, imprison citizens on his own declaration, kidnap, and torture, then what can't he do?"
Written as a consistently low-boil civics lesson, The Assault on Reason shows Gore to be utterly reasonable, and it is hard not to think that if Gore had been declared the winner of a certain Southern state in 2000, none of this would have been necessary.
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