This book explores how state emergency laws impact constitutional civil liberties by examining the experiences of Hurricane Katrina's ''involuntary heroes,'' those whose civil liberties were infringed upon by the government and who ultimately received little to no redress in the judicial system for their suffering. It is essential reading for constitutional scholars and for members of the general public who truly want to understand constitutional rights within the context of this historic crisis.
Introduction : Hurricane Katrina and civil liberties -- Petri dish for rights in crisis -- Shooting survivors -- Seizing firearms -- Denying travel to safety -- Disavowing rape -- Exposing people to toxins -- Firing public school teachers -- Imprisoning innocents -- Abandoning elders -- Epilogue : protecting rights always
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