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Book Review: With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

By Booth M. Ripke

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With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

By Glenn Greenwald
Picador (2012)
 

In his latest book, Glenn Greenwald argues that when it comes to holding the political elite in Washington accountable for their criminal conduct, the notion of equal justice under the rule of law has been abandoned. The criminal laws are simply not applied against our nation’s most powerful elites, and to them, these laws have become “nothing more than advice or recommendation.” The result is an erosion of our only real guarantee against tyranny.

Greenwald proves his thesis by relating facts from a string of quintessentially Washington episodes, starting with the decision to pardon former President Richard Nixon. While many argue that this pardon was the right thing to do, Greenwald challenges the notion that political harmony trumps the need to enforce the rule of law. The idea that public policy considerations trump the rule of law is just a

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