Publisher description for Takeover : the return of the imperial presidency and the subversion of American democracy / Charlie Savage.
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From Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Charlie Savage - an investigation into how the Bush-Cheney administration has seized vast powers for the presidency to permanently alter the constitutional balance of American democracy. In 1789, the Founders devised a system of checks and balances to keep kingly powers out of the hands of presidents. But in the 1970s and 80s, a faction of Republicans, outraged by the weakening of the presidency after Watergate and
, abandoned the traditional conservative suspicion of concentrated government power. These men hatched a plot that would allow the White House to wield enormous powers, operating behind a veil of secrecy and unchecked by Congress or the courts. Today's administration is bringing this project to fruition. TAKEOVER reveals the machinations behind the headlines and lays bare a hidden agenda three decades in the making, one that links warrantless wiretapping and Bush's judicial nominees, torture and Cheney's energy task force, the faith-based initiative and the imprisonment of citizens without trial. It tells the story of how a group of true believers, led by Cheney, set out to establish near-monarchical executive powers that, in the words of one conservative critic, "will lie around like a loaded weapon" for any future president.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-
Bush, George W. -- (George Walker), -- 1946- -- Political and social views.
Cheney, Richard B. -- Political and social views.
Executive power -- United States.
Official secrets -- United States.
Right-wing extremists -- United States.
Fanaticism -- United States.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Vice-Presidents -- United States -- Biography.