Pay any price: Greed, power, and endless war by James Risen  pay any price  Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014)

Many of us, if not most, want to enjoy simple quiet lives while enjoying the freedoms that past generations have fought for. James Risen in his “Pay any price” shows that some of these privileges are now only illusion. The book raises a giant red flag by giving examples of how the US executive branch has used its power to condone torture, enrich private war contractors, carry out drone strikes in foreign countries, conduct mass surveillance of the Internet, and rewrite law to circumvent constitutional protections. The executive, legislative, and judiciary have all been compromised.

While this does not speak directly to the Canadian affairs, the influence that the US has over foreign nations does not make it a hard stretch to contemplate Canada’s subservience to its close and powerful neighbor. It is fast becoming a brave new world … a first step to combatting this is to understand it. Read what Mr. Risen has to say and have a Happy New Year!

James Risen is an investigative reporter with the New York Times and the author of the New York Times bestseller State of War, among other books. In 2006 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his stories about warrantless wiretapping by the NSA.

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