Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror

Peter Jan Honigsberg (Author) Erwin Chemerinsky (Foreword by)


Jose Padilla short-shackled and wearing blackened goggles and earmuffs to block out all light and sound on his way to the dentist. Fifteen-year-old Omar Khadr crying out to an American soldier, Kill me! Hunger strikers at Guantánamo being restrained and force-fed through tubes up their nostrils. John Walker Lindh lying naked and blindfolded in a metal container, bound by his hands and feet, in the freezing Afghan winter night. This is the story of the Bush administration's response to the attacks of September 11, 2001--and of how we have been led down a path of executive abuses, human tragedies, abandonment of the Constitution, and the erosion of due process and liberty. In this vitally important book, Peter Jan Honigsberg chronicles the black hole of the American judicial system from 2001 to the present, providing an incisive analysis of exactly what we have lost over the past seven years and where we are now headed.

Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
May 01, 2009
6.1 X 1.3 X 9.1 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Peter Jan Honigsberg is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He visited Guantánamo in May 2007. He is author of Crossing Border Street: A Civil Rights Memoir (UC Press), among other books.


"Provides a compelling account of the human costs of the erosion of civil rights in the post-9/11 US."--Times Higher Education (05/28/2009)
"A powerful indictment Bush's War on Terror, vivid and horrifying and hard to put down."--Publishers Weekly (06/15/2009)