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Book Review: Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty In Modern America

By Jeffrey Gamso

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Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty In Modern America

By David K. Shipler
Knopf (2012)
Reviewed by Jeffrey Gamso

“Freedom demands a certain risk,” David Shipler wrote in The Rights of the People. In that book published in 2011, he argued that it is a risk we are too rarely prepared to take. To make that point, Shipler examined breaches in the Fourth Amendment’s protections against government intrusion on the people. But Shipler wasn’t just concerned about the Fourth Amendment. The second volume of his study is Rights at Risk. This time his focus is on the First, Fifth and Sixth Amendments.

Shipler understands the value of a good story and he tells lots of them. He reports on torture, from Chicago where rogue police did it, to wherever Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded by federal agents under putative federal authority. In his chapter on false confessions (with considerable emphasis on the Reid technique), he notes that some 200 people confessed to kidnapping the Lind

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