has been no less hectic than usual lately but I managed to whittle out
enough time to enjoy this delightful book, Cory Doctorow's "Little
The story follows the life of an unusually bright high school student,
Marcus Yarrow, down the literal rabbit-hole of legal madness
as Homeland Security turns his
Francisco into a virtual gulag following a terrorist attack. Every
citizen is now considered a suspect and the fine line between protection
and oppression is shattered.
Early on in the story Marcus is mistaken for one of the terrorists and
it's his ensuing battle with the NSA and the
the story crackle with tension and excitement. This is almost not a
fictional tale as it illustrates what the seemingly limitless powers
of the PATRIOT Act have done to our basic freedoms, and how terrifying
the results can be when its adminstrators can operate outside the laws.
Mr. Doctorow's story neatly points out that we are not surrounded by
enemies. We are, instead, governed by evil men who endlessly
seek to use our own fears and doubts against us, frightening us into
relinquishing our freedom for a promised safety that was never truly
It's rare that a book can frighten as it enlightens. This
tale is a must-read for anyone who still believes that this
country is more than just the sum of its military might.