By James Risen

James Risen has damaged tale after tale at the abuses of energy of the Bush administration.
From warrantless wiretapping to mystery monetary facts mining to the CIA's rogue operations, he has proven many times that the administrative department has dangerously overreached, repudiated tests and balances on its energy, and maintained secrecy regardless of its allies in Congress. In no small half due to Risen and State of War, the "secret history" of the Bush years has now come partly into view.
In a brand new epilogue for the paperback variation, Risen describes the two-front struggle that President Bush is now struggling with: at domestic opposed to Congress and the ultimate court docket, as his management is more and more reined in from its abuses; and within the heart East, the place George W. Bush's nice gamble to carry a democratic revolution is failing greatly. We needs to research the teachings of Risen's heritage now, prior to it's too past due.

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The Bush administration’s authorization of those techniques, for first use by the CIA on Abu Zubaydah, created a permissive climate that eventually permeated the entire government and transformed American attitudes toward the handling of prisoners. Once the CIA, which had no history of running prisons or of handling large numbers of prisoners, was given the green light to use harsh methods, the United States military, which had a proud tradition of adhering to the Geneva Conventions, began to get signals from the Bush administration that the rules had changed.

In 2002, soon after the NSA operation began, top congressional leaders from both political parties were brought to Vice President Dick Cheney’s White House office and were briefed about it by Cheney, Hayden, and then-CIA director George Tenet. The congressional leaders, including Democratic Senator Bob Graham of Florida and Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, at the time the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, respectively, were not permitted to bring staff members to the meeting and were told not to discuss the matter with anyone else.

The congressional leaders apparently knew only what Cheney and other top administration officials told them about the Program. Later, after new lawmakers took over the intelligence committees, only one congressional leader, Senator Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat of West Virginia, raised any concerns with the White House. After he was first briefed on the matter in early 2003, Senator Rockefeller wrote a letter to Cheney saying that he was troubled by the NSA operation and its potential for the abuse of the civil liberties of American citizens.

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