Power Wars

Power Wars

Inside Obama's Post 9/11 Presidency

Book - 2015
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage's penetrating investigation of the Obama presidency and the national security state

Barack Obama campaigned on a promise of change from George W. Bush's "global war on terror." Yet from indefinite detention and drone strikes to surveillance and military tribunals, Obama ended up continuing-and in some cases expanding-many policies he inherited. What happened?

In Power Wars, Charlie Savage looks inside the Obama administration's national security legal and policy team in a way that no one has before. Based on exclusive interviews with more than 150 current and former officials and access to previously unreported documents, he lays bare their internal deliberations, including emotional debates over the fates of detainees held on torture-tainted evidence and acts of war that lacked congressional authorization. He tells the inside stories of how Obama came to order the killing of an American citizen, preside over an unprecedented crackdown on leaks, and keep a then-secret National Security Agency program that collected records of every American's phone calls.

Savage also pieces together the first comprehensive history of how American surveillance secretly developed over the past thirty-five years, synthesizing recent revelations and filling in gaps with new reporting. And he provides lucid explanations of legal dilemmas in a way that non-lawyers can understand. Highlighted by new information about the pivotal aftermath to the failed Christmas underwear bombing and the planning for the Osama bin Laden raid, Savage's own eyewitness reporting at Guantánamo, and detailed accounts of closed-door meetings at the highest levels of government, Power Wars equips readers to understand the legacy of Obama's presidency.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316286572
Characteristics: 769 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm

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StarGladiator
Dec 12, 2015

EPIC FAIL: could easily have been summed up in one sentence: continuation and expansion of the Bush administration!
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage has written a 704-page book - - WITHOUT ANY INDEX??????
Has a Yale law degree but never has heard of indices???
Begins the book in the most disingenuous manner possible: describing the underwear bomber [an incident I have thoroughly researched in three languages], Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, but somehow NEGLECTS to mention that Umar was refused passage by French security at the airport in France as he had NO PASSPORT, had NO LUGGAGE, and only had a one-way ticket and, gee whiz, was on the terrorist watch list?!?!?!?!?
American witnesses aboard Flight 253 as well as French witnesses at the French airport would recount this -- that a man from the American embassy [CIA...CIA...CIA] overrode French airport security and ushered Umar aboard, no doubt hoping the destruction of Flight 253 and murder of the passengers would ensue?!
Now, a real journalist would have mentioned these itty bitty details, but a Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times dude obviously doesn't qualify.
Towards the end, there's yet another lawyerly discussion [among endless such drivel] about the // legal right \\ of the USA to attack Syria for its alleged use of poison gas - - which we now know was supplied to certain factions [Obama-supported al Qaeda, perhaps??] by Turkey, so such discussions are as nebulous and useless as is most of this 704-page without an index book!

Got days to waste? Then peruse this 704-page book by a shyster shill, for shyster shills!

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