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I'm from the Government and I'm Here to Kill You

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Gallup recently found that 49 percent of Americans believe that the government poses "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens." I'm from the Government and I'm Here to Kill You, written by a former federal attorney, shows that even the 49 percent have no idea how bad things really are. Rights and freedoms are not the only things at stake; all too often government imperils the very lives of those it supposedly serves. Federal employees have, with legal impunity, blown up a town and killed six hundred people, released staggering amounts of radioactive contamination and lied about the resulting cancer, allowed people to die of an easily treated disease in order to study their deaths, and run guns to Mexican drug cartels in hopes of expanding agency powers. Law enforcement leaders have ordered their subordinates to commit murder. Medical administrators have "cooked the books" and allowed patients to die, while raking in plump bonuses. Federal prosecutors have sent Americans to prison while concealing evidence that proved their innocence.

I'm from the Government documents how we came to this pass: American courts misconstrued and expanded the old legal concept of sovereign immunity, "the king can do no wrong." When Congress attempted to allow suits against the government, the legislators used vague language that the courts construed to block most lawsuits. The result is a legal system that allows official negligence to escape legal consequences and paradoxically punishes an agency if it tries to secure public safety. I'm from the Government ends with proposals for legal reforms that will hold the government and its servants accountable when they inflict harm on Americans.


David T. Hardy practices law in Tucson, Arizona, after spending ten years in Interior Department's Office of the Solicitor, Washington, DC. He has published four books, one a New York Times bestseller, and twenty-five law review articles, which have twice been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court.


In the wake of Edward Snowden's disclosures about the National Security Administration spying on American citizens and press revelations of police-caused fatalities, suspicion of the government is no longer a monopoly of the political right. A recent Gallup poll found that 49 percent of Americans agreed that the government posed "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens." I'm From the Government and I'm Here to Kill You taps into this new awareness by recounting in narrative, easily readable form the stories of selected great and fatal government debacles-and of how the bureaucrats responsible escaped all accountability.

The book begins with the 1947 Texas City explosion, where the government produced thousands of tons of bomb-grade ammonium nitrate and decided it would make good fertilizer. The resulting detonations killed 600 Americans, yet the courts held the government was immune from lawsuits. Next, I'm From the Government will outline the negligence that distributed nuclear fallout across the West, even as the government assured the victims that they were at no risk, the Waco raid and siege that killed six agents and nearly a hundred civilians, the Veterans' Administration scandal that saw vets dying while waiting for doctors' appointments, and a number of other instances of official negligence that resulted in the deaths of many Americans.

With federal civilian employment approaching three million persons, we can no longer tolerate a legal regime that immunizes their negligence and rewards their agencies for dangerous practices. I'm From the Government will end by proposing reforms that will protect the public from such disasters in the future.


Titel: I'm from the Government and I'm Here to Kill You
Untertitel: The True Human Cost of Official Negligence
EAN: 9781510722279
ISBN: 978-1-5107-2227-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Skyhorse Publishing
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 264
Veröffentlichung: 10.11.2018
Jahr: 2017
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.8 MB