Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror

June 6, 2008

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Steven Wax

"Our government can make you disappear." Those were the words Steven Wax never imagined he would hear himself say. In his twenty-nine years as a public defender, Wax had never had to warn a client that he or she might be taken away to a military brig, or worse, a "black site", one of our country's dreaded secret prisons. How had our country come to this? The disappearance of people happens in places ruled by tyrants, military juntas, fascist strongmen?governments with such contempt for the rule of law that they strip their citizens of all rights. But in America? Kafka Comes to America reveals where and how our civil liberties have been eroded in favor of a false security, and how each of us can make a difference.

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Recorded Friday, June 06, 2008 at International House.