Event: Power Wars – Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency

2015-12-05 - 1 minute read

Charlie SAVAGE (website, flyer)
Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times journalist and author of Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency
Date: 4 Dec 2015

Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency
Barack Obama campaigned on a promise of change from George W. Bush’s “global war on terror.”  Yet from drone strikes and indefinite detention to surveillance and military tribunals, Obama ended up continuing — and in some cases expanding — many policies he inherited.  What happened? Based on confidential interviews with more than 150 current and former officials and access to previously unreported documents, Charlie Savage tells the inside story of how the Obama administration charted its path through ceaseless dilemmas — including its decisions to keep the then-secret National Security Agency program that collected records of every American’s phone calls, raid Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, and bomb Libya.  Savage also pieces together the first comprehensive history of how American surveillance secretly developed over the past 35 years, synthesizing recent revelations and filling in gaps with new reporting.