This book is a scathing account of George W. Bush's America before and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Saul Landau delves into the erosion of civil liberties and the proliferation of empire under the guise of pre-empting the scourge of terrorism. He reveals how Bush protects 'his' terrorists - those who perpetrate violence against Cuba, and to whom he owes his presidency. He also examines how Bush has appointed former officials to high level posts in his cabinet despite their membership in a conspiracy to sell weapons of mass destruction to Iran in the 1980s.
In 'declassifying' Bush's Empire, Landau dissects a post 9/11 world where deference to patriotism obliterates debate in Congress and the media. How can the notion of empire happily co-exist with the notion of a republic? In times like these, as dissenting voices are stifled and the public are denied access to the facts about their own security, Landau shows how democracy itself is under threat. He asks whether the already fragile world economy can survive in the new 'security' culture of the post-9/11 world.
Saul Landau has produced and directed forty films on social, political and historical issues. For his work on worldwide human rights he won the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award. His articles columns have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, the International Herald Tribune. He received the Edgar Allen Poe Award. He is the author of The Chavez Code: Cracking US Intervention in Venezuela (Pluto Press, 2006) and The Pre-Emptive Empire (Pluto Press, 2003).
Acknowledgements Foreword: By George McGovern Introduction: Before The Era Of Insecurity Part I: Leaving The Republic Behind Part II: The Empire Strikes Back Part III: Between Iraq And A Hard Place: The Oily Empire Stomps Through The Middle East Part IV: Latin America: The Imperial Economic Model, Obedience And Terrorism The Imperial Economic Model 1. Corporate Globalization At Work In Mexico 2. Double Standards On Terrorism Part V: Cuba- The Last Hold Out Part VI: The Move To War Final Thoughts: Stop Shopping, Looking In The Mirror And Worrying About Your Spare Tires And Cellulite And Make Your Own History Endnotes Index