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Chase Madar's latest book, "The Passion of Bradley Manning: The story behind the suspect of the largest security breach in U.S. history" has been a best seller on many lists.

Today on Saturday High Noon hear author and lawyer Chase Madar discuss the book.

From the "Citizen Soldier" review:

[Excerpt]  ... Madar’s 140-page tour de force does not mollycoddle anyone’s liberal sensibilities; if Manning’s pre-trial detention by the United States government fits the definition of torture, so be it. Indeed, our much-vaunted American values, which sound so nice in the academy and among the pundits and politicians, are more often than not hung out on a taut line to flap in the wind.

Take the issue of transparency, a much abused word. While Madar gives only a brief review of the government’s penchant for secrecy, he provides abundant detail about the gross, almost obscene, amount of data which have been classified as confidential, secret or top secret, all based on a notion of “public safety.” We are told that the number of documents that were so classified numbered 77,000,000 in 2010 alone. Given the fact that 850,000 Americans hold top secret security clearance and the fact that most if not all of these classified data are stored electronically, it was and is only a matter of time before the materials got out. ... [End of Excerpt]

Chase Madar is a lawyer in New York. He reviews and reports for the London Review of Books, Le Monde Diplomatique, the American Conservative Magazine and CounterPunch.

Mr. Madar obliges us to inform listeners that his book is available at OR Books. 

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