Books by Michael Ratner


Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in Twenty-First-Century America (2011)

Michael Ratner and Margaret Ratner Kunstler

In the Age of Terrorism, the United States has become a much more dangerous place—for activists and dissenters, whose First Amendment rights are all too frequently abridged by the government. In Hell No, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the country’s leading public interest law organization, offers a timely report on government attacks on dissent and protest in the United States, along with a readable and essential guide for activists, teachers, grandmothers, and anyone else who wants to oppose government policies and actions. Hell No explores the current situation of attacks upon and criminalization of dissent and protest, from the surveillance of activists to the disruption of demonstrations, from the labeling of protesters as “terrorists” to the jailing of those the government claims are giving “material support” to its perceived enemies. Offering detailed, hands-on advice on everything from “Sneak and Peak” searches to “Can the Government Monitor My Text Messages?” and what to do “If an Agent Knocks,” Hell No lays out several key responses that every person should know in order to protect themselves from government surveillance and interference with their rights.
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Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away with Murder (2011)

Michael Ratner and Michael Steven Smith

In compelling detail two leading U.S. civil rights attorneys recount the extraordinary life and deliberate killing of the world’s most storied revolutionary: Ernesto Che Guevara. Michael Ratner and Michael Steven Smith survey the extraordinary trajectory of Che’s career, from an early politicization recounted in the Motorcycle Diaries, through meetings with his compañero Fidel Castro in Mexico, his vital role in the Cuban revolution, and his expeditions abroad to Africa and Latin America. But their focus is on Che’s final days in Bolivia where, after months of struggle to spread the revolution begun in Havana, Che is wounded, captured and, soon after, executed. Bound and helpless, Che’s last words to his killer, a soldier in the Bolivian Army, are “Remember, you are killing a man.”
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The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book (2008)

Michael Ratner

The Case Against Donald Rumsfeld lays out the evidence that high–level officials of the Bush administration ordered, authorized, implemented, and permitted war crimes, in particular the crimes of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. Using primary source documents ranging from Rumsfeld’s “techniques chart” and Iraqi plaintiffs’ statements to the testimony of whistleblowers and key pieces of reportage, the book sets forth evidence of a torture program that took place throughout the world: in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantánamo, secret CIA prisons, and other places unknown. The accused are accorded a defense drawn from their memos and public statements. Readers are allowed to judge whether the Bush administration has engaged in torture and whom among the administration to hold responsible. Reminiscent of Christopher Hitchens’s bestselling The Trial of Henry Kissinger, The Case Against Donald Rumsfeld constitutes one of the only attempts to hold high–ranking Bush administration officials criminally responsible for their actions.
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Guantanamo: What the World Should Know Paperback (2004)

Michael Ratner, Ellen Ray, and Anthony Lewis

In the months following its initial release, Guantánamo: What the World Should Know has proved to be a disturbingly accurate account of the Bush administration’s tangle with civil liberties and torture. Written by Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights President and co-consul on the case of Rasul v. Bush)and Ellen Ray (Institute for Media Analysis President),Guantánamo is the most authoritative documentation to date on President Bush’s moves toward a network of detention centers–a system without accountability, which flouts U.S. and international law. With a resource section that includes the Gonzales memo to President Bush and excerpts from the Geneva Conventions, Guantánamo provides strong evidence of Ratner explains how Gonzales and the Bush Administration are acting to radically alter America’s historic commitment to civil and human rights, and why all Americans should resist what is being done in our name.
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Against War with Iraq: An Anti-War Primer (2003)

Jennie Green, Barbara Olshansky, Michael Ratner, and the Center for Constitutional Rights

Despite public outcry at home and international opposition abroad, the Bush Administration deployed troops and invested millions in preparation for a massive military assault on Iraq. In Against War With Iraq, three legal scholars from the Center for Constitutional Rights argue persuasively that the war against Iraq is both unnecessary for national security and illegal. They expose the Bush administration’s justifications as pretexts, demonstrate that there is little evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, and argue that inspections were adeqaute to deal with any possible covert Iraq weapons program. The writers also emphasize that a war with Iraq made the world less safe, the region less stable, and that we in the United States would likely face more terrorism on our own soil as a result. Underlying the Bush administration’s drive for war was its desire to dominate the Middle East, control Iraqi oil, and insure United States dominance for many years to come.
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