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By Marc Ambinder, D. B. Grady

There's a hidden nation in the usa. It used to be shaped from the unbelievable variety of secrets and techniques held by means of the govt. and the starting to be ranks of secret-keepers given cost over them. the govt. secrecy speaks in a personal language of codes and acronyms, and follows an arcane algorithm and customs designed to perpetuate itself, repel penetration, and deflect oversight. It justifies itself with the statement that the yankee values worthy retaining are usually most sensible sustained via subterfuge and deception.

There are symptoms that this deep kingdom is crumbling. precious secrets and techniques are frequently very unlikely to maintain, whereas frivolous secrets and techniques are stored eternally. the full method has fallen prey to political manipulation, with leaks conscientiously timed to increase agendas, and over-classification given to indefensible govt activities.

Deep nation, written by way of of the country's most dear nationwide safeguard newshounds, disassembles the secrecy equipment of the U.S. and examines real-world developments that should hassle every person from the main competitive hawk to the fiercest civil libertarian. The book:

- presents the fullest account up to now of the nationwide protection Agency's arguable surveillance software first spun up in the dead of night days after 9/11.

- Examines President Obama's try and reconcile his instincts as a liberal with the realities of govt energy, and his use of the nation secrets and techniques doctrine.

- Exposes how the public's ubiquitous entry to details has been the secrecy industry's hardest opponent thus far, and offers a whole account of the way WikiLeaks and different "sunlight" agencies are altering the government's method of dealing with delicate info, for greater and worse.

- Explains how the elevated publicity of secrets and techniques impacts every little thing from Congressional budgets to sector fifty one, from SEAL staff Six and Delta strength to the FBI, CIA, and NSA.

- Assesses no matter if the formal and casual mechanisms installed position to guard electorate from abuses by way of the yankee deep kingdom paintings, and the way they may be reformed.

Deep nation is predicated at the authors' insatiable interest for the floor fact and layered on a origin of unique and historic examine in addition to remarkable entry to lawmakers, intelligence business enterprise heads, White apartment officers, and mystery software managers. It attracts on millions of lately declassified records and candid interviews with greater than a hundred army, undefined, and govt officials.

By the bestselling authors of The Command: Deep contained in the President's mystery military: Marc Ambinder, editor at huge on the Week, contributing editor at GQ and the Atlantic, who has coated Washington for CBS information and ABC information; and D.B. Grady, a correspondent for the Atlantic, nationwide defense columnist for The Week, and previous U.S. military paratrooper and Afghanistan veteran.

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This statute, which was adopted as part of the 1908 Prison Law, stated that ‘police cells (ryu¯ chijo) could be used in lieu of prisons [that is, MOJ detention facilities, today known as ko¯ chisho]’. As is set out in Chapter 2, however, this step did not in itself yield the system of prolonged police detention as we see it today. Indeed, at the time, the principle of an un-convicted person’s rights was still not very well embedded into the Japanese criminal justice procedure, and, with no measures such as habeas corpus, there were few restrictions on the authority of the police.

They recognize that how they do something is as important as what they do. Knowing they are more than legal instruments, they accept the obligation of moral tutors to be upright in word and deed. (Bayley 1976: 144) It is from such ‘deep-seated attitudes towards [the] authority [of the police]’, held by both the public and the officers themselves, What Produces Policy Divergences? 15 that ‘[t]he lack of enthusiasm for abolishing the pre-charge detention system’ stems (Bayley 1976: 149). Moreover, for Bayley, the trust in the police is so high that ‘[a]rrest is tantamount to conviction’ (Bayley 1976: 149)—the layman would not envisage that a police officer would arrest an innocent man.

These sources include: Methodology 29 • Numerous semi-structured in-depth interviews, each lasting between one and three hours, with: MOJ, NPA, and To¯ kyo¯ Metropolitan Police officials; serving prosecutors and prosecutors from within the administration of the To¯ kyo¯ High Public Prosecutors Office; ex-judges and senior judges in active duty; former justice ministers, a shadow justice minister, and other legislators from the LDP, DPJ, and Social Democratic Party (SDP); a political secretary; lawyers and JFBA spokesmen; convicted inmates, including a death-row inmate with a record of a later contested police detention confession; rehabilitated convicts; a prison warden, a prison guard, and a prison nurse; academics; a media member; and representatives of professional and non-professional non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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