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Better This World

When David McKay and Bradley Crowder, two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, visit an Austin bookstore to hear a talk on upcoming protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention, they are approached by a charismatic local activist 10 years their senior, who quickly becomes their mentor. Six months later at the volatile 2008 Convention, McKay and Crowder cross a line that radically changes their lives. The result: eight Molotov cocktails, multiple domestic terrorism charges, and a high-stakes entrapment defense. A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime, and betrayal, BETTER THIS WORLD goes to the heart of the "war on terror" and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in the United States after 9/11.

Human Rights Watch has reported extensively on the apprehension, detention, and prosecution of terrorism suspects in the US and abroad. By attending selected criminal trials and working with lawyers, judges, and prosecutors, Human Rights Watch also monitors the use of surveillance techniques, the basis for probable cause, and the application of basic due process and fair trial standards to the criminal process. The facts needed to justify investigations of terrorism suspects have been greatly reduced over the past several years and Human Rights Watch closely monitors how the government makes use of these enhanced rights of intrusion against the personal liberties of individuals affected.