At 7:00 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 15, UFPPC's Monday night book discussion group, Digging Deeper, will discuss Jane Mayer's bestselling book about "how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world—decisions that not only violated the Constitution, which White House officials took an oath to uphold, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda."[1]  --  The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals was published in July, and relates real, specific cases.  --  There were successes as well as failures, but in every case "incalculable losses in terms of moral standing, our country's place in the world, and its sense of itself."  --  Digging Deeper meets Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café (3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma)....


WHAT:  Digging Deeper LVII: Jane Mayer's The Dark Side
WHO:  Led by Mark Jensen
WHEN:  Monday, September 15, 2008 -- 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Mandolin Café, 3923 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98405

United for Peace
of Pierce County
Study Circle:
September 15, 2008


For several weeks, New Yorker staffer Jane Mayer's new book has been high on the nation's bestseller lists. The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals (Doubleday, July 2008), describes how "radical decisions about how to combat terrorists and strengthen national security were made in a state of utter chaos and fear."

Jane Mayer focuses on the key players in this tragic drama: Vice President Dick Cheney and his éminence grise, David Addington, and their effort to "enhance presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiement."


Since July 2004, United for Peace of Pierce County has been conducting “Digging Deeper,” a Monday-evening book discussion group, often in the form of a study circle. Topics have included peak oil, climate change, the corporation, torture, Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, the writings of Robert Baer, Islam, American immigration policy, Barack Obama and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Saul Alinsky’s life and writings, war and human nature, parallels between the U.S. and ancient Rome, the sustainability revolution, the debt crisis, 9/11, and energy geopolitics, as well as abiding themes of war, peace, politics, and social change.  Occasionally, the group has spent several weeks reading longer works, like Daniel Yergin’s The Prize or Robert Fisk’s The Great War for Civilisation.

DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA.

Participation is free.  No more copies of this book are available for purchase or loan at this time; try King's Books (218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma) or other local bookstores. Info: contact Mark Jensen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)