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By Athan Theoharis

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Athan Theoharis, lengthy a revered authority on surveillance and secrecy, demonstrated his recognition for meticulous scholarship together with his paintings at the loyalty safety software built less 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 in periods of "unprecedented crisis," he recounts how presidents and FBI officers exploited issues approximately foreign-based inner protection threats. Drawing on details sequestered till lately in FBI documents, Theoharis indicates how those mystery actions on the earth battle II and chilly warfare eras multiplied FBI surveillance powers and, within the strategy, eroded civil liberties with out considerably advancing valid safeguard pursuits.

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

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SEEKING A SCHOOL In 1973, driven by his desire to become a doctor, Bakke made application to at least a dozen medical schools across the country. Some were in California, but some were far from his home— as far away as Maine. In every case, he was turned down. As discussed earlier, Allan Bakke’s problem in being accepted to medical school had little or nothing to do with his grades or his general academic record or abilities. He had taken the requisite entrance tests for medical school and had performed well.

Labor unions attempted to protect American-made cigars by trying to organize a boycott of Chinese cigars, but the average cigar buyer could not tell the difference between a Chinese-made cigar and one that was American-made. One labor leader, Samuel Gompers, head of the American Federation of Labor, one of America’s most powerful labor unions, was opposed to immigrant labor, including the Chinese, taking “American” jobs. ”39 To solve the Chinese versus American cigar problem, he proposed that American-made cigars have a paper band placed around them to identify them.

Painter resulted in the entrance of a black man to the University of Texas Law School, whereas McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education gave another black man, George McLaurin, the opportunity to enroll into a doctoral education program at the University of Oklahoma. S. Supreme Court on the same day, in April 1950. With these victories, by 1950, the legacy of “separate but equal,” and the continuing impact (more than a half century’s worth) of Plessy v. Ferguson seemed closer to an end.

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