I read this book about 17-Nov-2007. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2008. This note was last modified Tuesday, 27-Nov-2007 10:46:47 PST.
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Pre-release copy. This seems to be being marketed for 9-12 year olds.
A neat little tale of the development of fascism in America, in the wake of a terrorist strike on the Bay Bridge (from San Francisco to Oakland). In-person visits to the off-shore detention facilities, and experience with high-intensity interrogation techniques. Also a lot of discussion of what can be done technologically to work around such a crackdown—predicated on the not-yet-existent "Paranoid Linux", which can run on the not-yet-released free Xbox with WiFi (assuming the neighbors still aren't securing their connections). We even get to see just a little of how decent people come to support the evils of the system; though most of the supporters are caricatures.