'The Soft Cage' and the Patriot Act

Many Americans and foreigners have complained about the expanded powers of the government to surveil and detain people since September 11, 2001 and the subsequent passage of the USA Patriot Act. Journalist Christian Parenti, a Soros Senior Justice Fellow at the Open Society Institute, says that for more than 100 years, the United States has employed various tactics for keeping tabs on society's "undesirables." NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with Parenti about his book, The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror.



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