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5.0 out of 5 starsLiberty in Eclipse: A Must-Read
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2015
Beautiful prose penned by a kind and aesthetically careful hand on a degrading topic, William Norman Grigg cuts slice by slice through all of the gov't lies sold to the world following 9/11 to make Americans and citizens elsewhere feel cozy about losing legal rights that go back centuries.
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2009
This book is essential reading for every US citizen concerned about the transmogrification of our republic into an electoral tyranny. There is a bipartisan consensus to strengthen the power of the government and strip the American people of the rights and freedom which we once heralded before the world. It's as if we live in a one-party party state. Yes, there are two wings of the party: a "liberal" wing and a "conservative" wing, but it's still a one-party system.
While this book suffers from sloppy editing, it contains a lot of important information on the threat to the liberty and even the lives of Americans from the ever growing national security/police state.
5.0 out of 5 starsAccurate depiction of Americans' eroding liberty
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2008
As an avid reader of William Grigg's blog, Pro Libertate, I was already familiar with many of the heinous criminal misdeeds perpetrated by the oath-betraying minions of tyranny who comprise modern American politicians and "law enforcement" described in this book. Whether it's Congress and our "Great Leader" eviscerating habeas corpus with the Military Commissions Act, gutting the Fourth Amendment with the so-called PATRIOT Act, using "signing statements" to circumvent new laws, the proliferation of amoral SWAT teams or Orange County deputies crushing a prisoner's [...] with impunity or severely beating and kicking in the ribs of an innocent businessman with his hands cuffed behind his back, Grigg thoroughly documents government abuses here in the "Land of the Free."
This first edition needed a better proofreading as there are numerous typos and punctuation errors, but they're trivial compared to the important material contained inside. I encourage people to buy and read this book while they're still "allowed" to.
Mr Grigg's recent passing caused me to look him up on Audible and purchase the book that way. It's an unrelenting indictment against the modern garrison state, easily one of the most persuasive and well-researched books on the subject.
5.0 out of 5 starsA people get the government they deserve
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2012
An insightful look at America's slide into a quasi police state governed by executive order and bureaucratic rules given the force of law by being written into the federal register, all while it's elected lawmakers sit by and applaud and the citizenry tunes in for another episode of Jersey Shore. Its true people get the government they deserve, I just regret I have to get it with them...
My chance of being injured or killed by a radical Muslim here in American is practically non-existent. That brand of "terror" does not concern me. What DOES bring a measure of concern, even fear, to me, after reading Mr. Grigg's book, is account after account of near unbelievable, yet undeniable (well referenced) savagery executed on innocent citizens of our own country BY OUR OWN POLICE!
I have a much higher risk of being unlawfully detained and abused by either local police or Homeland Security thugs than being injured or killed by a radical Muslim! I am NOT saying radical Islam is not a problem. I am saying we have a much larger problem already in place.
This is not a subject most of us enjoy reading about. However, it is a subject we will either read about and DO something about, or risk being the victim of it. Our liberties, our well-being, even our very lives are at stake. I highly recommend this book to all who are concerned about the loss of liberty, freedom, and due process of law in America.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Institutionalization of Torture
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2008
For all of those who dismiss the prospect of the American government using torture with a wink and a nod, this book is a shocking eye-opener to how using torture on "terrorists" easily slides into practicing torture upon American citizens. It shows how torture is very counter-productive, as it demoralizes those who practice it, and usually extracts only false information. When those who are trained by this terror machine return to a civilian career in law enforcement, that is when terrorism really comes to the streets of anytown, USA.