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

In Abuse of Power, Theoharis maintains his research of U.S. executive surveillance and historicizes the 11th of September reaction. Criticizing the U.S. government's mystery actions and rules during times of "unprecedented crisis," he recounts how presidents and FBI officers exploited matters approximately foreign-based inner protection threats. Drawing on info sequestered until eventually lately in FBI files, Theoharis indicates how those mystery actions on this planet struggle II and chilly battle eras accelerated FBI surveillance powers and, within the procedure, eroded civil liberties with no considerably advancing valid protection pursuits.

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

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A conspicuous feature of the judgment is the absence of scientific or social authority, or indeed judicial precedent, for its findings and assumptions. “The wrong signals are given when, if it is true, the applicant wears male underclothes, apart from male apparel. The signals come when there are signs of emotional attachment, not only by kissing and hugging as counsel argues, but by the way of speaking, the words of endearment used, the manner in which there is a glance” (van Rooyen v. van Rooyen, 1994, p.

The role of the police in enforcing apartheid repression was increasingly attacked. In response, a homosexual “child sex scandal” was created. Groups of men were rounded up and accused of running organized child sex rings. Retief (1993) describes the police action: In the three months between June and August 1988, detectives from the Child Protection Unit (CPU) arrested more than sixty adult men and teenage boys in what quickly came to be seen by the media as a “countrywide net against child abuse” and a fight against the “alarming rise in child violations” (The Star, 21 Aug 1988).

He took off in his car on an alcoholic binge. On the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg he drove up to a group of black men. He told them he wanted a woman. One of the men, a youngster of 15 or 16, then got into the car with him. The policeman undid his fly buttons and lay on top of the boy. ” He was arrested and arraigned in court. He lost his job and his pension. His wife started divorce proceedings against him. A magistrate sent him to jail. Two Supreme Court judges suspended the jail sentence. The fact that the young boy was black was specifically noted as not being additionally aggravating.

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