FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jocelyn Jones Evans, One Nation Under Siege: Congress, Terrorism, and the Fate of American Democracy

By: Saturday October 16, 2010 1:59 pm

Many books about terrorism begin with a personal anecdote about where the author was on 9/11. Political Scientist Jocelyn Jones Evans was working on the Hill when the planes hit and changed the course of American national security policy.

“For the first and only time in my life,” she recalls, “I remember rolling down my windows to see and to hear the news for myself.”

One Nation Under Siege though, isn’t a book about policy. It’s a book about how 9/11 and its aftermath changed the culture of Congress, and how those changes have affected the work of government and the American people’s access to their own representatives. Drawing on dozens of interviews with Hill staff and legislators, Evans vividly depicts the impact of the threat of terrorism on congressional culture after 9/11 through a combination of narrative and political science.

 

Hatfill Speaks Out: “You Can’t Turn Laws On and Off as You Deem Fit”

By: Wednesday April 21, 2010 5:40 pm

Steven Hatfill, falsely accused by the FBI in the 2001 anthrax attacks, speaks out for the first time, describing relentless harassment by government agents.

Most Likely Source of Silicon in Anthrax Attack Spores Argues Against Production by Ivins

By: Sunday March 21, 2010 6:56 am

A potential explanation for the high silicon content of the anthrax spores used in the 2001 attacks is that they were grown in a large fermenter using an antifoam agent containing silica. If true, this would make it unlikely that Bruce Ivins acted alone, since he did not have access to a large fermenter.

Would Obama Issue First Veto to Protect Anthrax Whitewash?

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 6:59 am

Bloomberg is reporting that Office of Management and Budget head Peter Orszag has told the intelligence committees Obama will veto the intelligence authorization because–among other reasons–it calls for re-examining the FBI’s conspiracy theory-as-investigation summary finding that Bruce Ivins acted alone.

Math Error of 100-Fold in Amerithrax Investigation Improperly Excluded Suspects “Conclusion Retracted”

By: Saturday February 20, 2010 11:30 am

Friday afternoon, the FBI released a number of documents in closing the case dubbed “Amerithrax”. Substantial flaws still remain in the FBI’s explanation of the technical analysis on which they concluded that Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the anthrax attacks of 2001.

The Brits Buried Evidence on David Kelly’s Death

By: Sunday January 24, 2010 8:30 am

One of the things that happened in one of Ari Fleischer’s last briefings (trying to look for it now) is that he was informed by reporters that Tony Blair would be coming for a visit–Fleischer, apparently, had not been told about what was apparently a last minute trip. Which had the effect of–just days after Plame’s identity was leaked and on the day Kelly was suicided–having Blair and Bush having a last minute visit together.

FBI’s Robert Mueller Still Engaging in an Anthrax Cover-Up

By: Sunday November 1, 2009 5:00 pm

Robert Mueller is still hiding the truth about the anthrax investigation.

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