THE PRICE OF LIBERTY by Alan Barth
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THE PRICE OF LIBERTY

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An Inquiry into ""the invasion of private rights in the name of law enforcement"", this book succinctly and in scholarly fashion deals with the menace of the police state in our time. Full of historic precedents for civil rights laws, packed with hundreds of European and American cases of false arrest, police torture, misuse of evidence, false evidence, wiretapping, and so on, it has an overwhelming impact on the reader. Cases like the 1981 ""Scottsboro Boys"" are recounted. The work of the American Civil Liberties Union is explained. Supreme Court decisions, the attacks of hysterical journalists on how to ""deal with"" crime waves, and the advocacy of scientific, humane, well-paid police forces round out the writer's (a recognized civil liberties authority) impressive, vitally important look at the threatened area of individual privacy in our country today. A very significant book.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1961
Publisher: Viking