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Athan Theoharis, lengthy a revered authority on surveillance and secrecy, verified his recognition for meticulous scholarship together with his paintings at the loyalty safety application built lower than Truman and McCarthy.

In Abuse of Power, Theoharis maintains his research of U.S. executive surveillance and historicizes the 9-11 reaction. 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 protection threats. Drawing on details sequestered until eventually lately in FBI files, Theoharis indicates how those mystery actions on this planet conflict II and chilly conflict eras extended FBI surveillance powers and, within the technique, eroded civil liberties with no considerably advancing valid safeguard pursuits.

Passionately argued, this well timed booklet speaks to the prices and outcomes of still-secret post-9/11 surveillance courses and counterintelligence mess ups. eventually, Abuse of Power makes the case that the abusive surveillance regulations of the chilly conflict years have been repeated within the government's responses to the September eleven assaults.

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126. ”6 In this postprocedural position, however, I maintain that citizens retain rights against coercion, rights based in the core values, not democratic procedures. To illustrate the importance of grounding the rights of addressees outside of democratic procedure, consider the following hypothetical. Larry Legislator is a democratically elected representative in a regime that, due to an ancient tradition, requires its representatives to be locked in a cell during their term in office. The representatives, however, are still entitled to govern from confinement.

14 But unlike Habermas’s account, the 13 John Rawls, Political Liberalism, xlii. The Rawlsian standard of the reasonable, prominent in contemporary theories of political liberalism, has been much criticized on the grounds that arguments about reasonableness are circular, referring only to reasonableness in matters of justification. A related criticism is that the notion of the reasonable itself is taken as a sufficient argument for or against a given policy matter. Leif Wenar, among others, suggests one way out of this potentially circular argument: to stipulate criteria for reasonableness by appealing to the notion of a reasonable person, constituted in part by a sense of the good and a sense of justice.

In this section, I propose an alternative theory: the value theory of democracy. This theory relies on a procedure-independent standard comprised of what I call the core values of democracy. According to the value theory, this core values standard serves as the basis for both justifying democratic procedures and constraining them. Establishing the core values as central to the meaning of democracy first requires distinguishing them from theories that seek to ground democratic 22 For instance, the abolition of elections is clear evidence that a polity is no longer democratic.

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