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The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America's Most Secret Agency
The Puzzle Palace
A Report on America's Most Secret Agency
Paperback      ISBN: 0140067485
Describes and assesses the activities of the National Security Agency, the nation's most secret government agency--established in secrecy, many times larger than the CIA, and in control of a huge budget and a vast technology
Justice at War: The Men and Ideas That Shaped America's War on Terror
Justice at War
The Men and Ideas That Shaped America's War on Terror
Paperback      ISBN: 1590172973
How did America become a nation that tortured prisoners, spied on its citizens, and gave its president unchecked powers in matters of defense? Has justice been the greatest casualty of the war on terror?After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration swiftly began to rethink its approach to national security. In a series of memos and policy decisions, many top secret and only made public much later, the administration’s lawyers dismissed the Geneva conventions as “quaint,” justified the torture of suspected terrorists, argued that the president in his capacity as commander in chief was bound by no laws in defending the nation at home and abroad, and approved a domestic surveillance program that flagrantly violated US law.In Justice at War, David Cole takes a critical look at the men who made the decisions that shaped America’s war on terror. After September 11, Attorney General John Ashcroft aggressively expanded federal law enforcement powers. John Yoo, who served in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, drafted some of the most controversial memos justifying torture. David Addington, Dick Cheney’s counsel, argued for virtually unlimited presidential power. Alberto Gonzales, Bush’s counsel, seemed willing to defend the president’s view on any issue. Yet Cole believes that America can prevail against the threat of terror, not by dismantling the checks and balances that guarantee the fairness of our justice system but by restoring them. He discusses how Michael Mukasey, the new attorney general, may try to improve the Justice Department’s tattered reputation. He explains why the Supreme Court rejected the president’s claim of authority to try enemy combatants in military tribunals under rules that violated the Geneva conventions. And he considers arguments by legal scholars about the limits of constitutional protections when the nation is under the threat of terrorism.Yet above all we must remember that the Constitution embodies principles that we should not give up in times of fear, Cole argues: “Both the strength and security of the nation in the struggle with terrorists rest on adherence to the rule of law, including international law, because only such adherence provides the legitimacy we need if we are to win back the world’s respect.”
The Crime of Punishment
The Crime of Punishment
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670247650
After assessing the inherent weaknesses of today's penal system the author proposes programs for its restructure and reform
Speaking Truth to Power
Speaking Truth to Power
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385476256
Six years after her testimony during Senate hearings to confirm Clarence Thomas' appointment to the Supreme Court, the author reveals how her charges of sexual harassment against her former employer changed her life
Legal Writing in a Nutshell
Legal Writing in a Nutshell
Paperback      ISBN: 031409900x
The Supreme Court Phalanx: The Court's New Right-wing Bloc
The Supreme Court Phalanx
The Court's New Right-wing Bloc
Paperback      ISBN: 1590172930
George W. Bush’s nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court in 2005 were widely expected to turn it sharply to the right. But no one foresaw the rapidity or the revolutionary zeal with which, as Ronald Dworkin writes, the Court would begin “overruling, most often by stealth, the central constitutional doctrines that generations of past justices, conservative as well as liberal, had constructed.” Dworkin examines the key decisions of the Court’s 2006-–2007 term and argues that these two new justices, along with Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, have created an “unbreakable phalanx bent on remaking constitutional law.” They are guided not by political ideology or conservative judicial principle but rather by “partisan, cultural, and perhaps religious allegiance,” and disdain tradition, precedent, even careful legal reasoning. In his analyses of the prior records of Roberts and Alito, Dworkin finds ample evidence that both have long held strong conservative convictions. But during their confirmation hearings, they gave little hint of their judicial philosophy, hiding behind vague promises to make decisions “according to the rule of law.” If senators fail to press nominees for candid answers to the controversial questions of principle underlying the Constitution, Dworkin contends, then the confirmation process is irrelevant. As a result, the Court may be dominated for a generation by justices whose views are far from those of most Americans. Its past decisions on issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and executive power, Dworkin fears, are “vulnerable to reversal in the next several years as the fiercely conservative justices set out to rewrite American constitutional law without much caring about the logic of the arguments they use to do so. Bush’s appointment of Roberts and Alito may prove to be among the worst of the many disasters of his miserable administration.”
Thinking About Terrorism: The Threat to Civil Liberties in a Time of National Emergency
Thinking About Terrorism
The Threat to Civil Liberties in a Time of National Emergency
Paperback      ISBN: 1590318420
Tigar (a veteran lawyer who has defended such figures as Angela Davis, John Demjanjuk, Terry Nichols, and Lynn Stewart) presents a series of essays exploring issues of terrorism and law in world history. Notably, he addresses both state-sponsored terrorism and terrorism by non-state actors, devoting a section to each. In the section on state-sponsored terrorism he includes discussion of judicial proceedings related to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and the assassination (on the streets of Washington, DC) of Pinochet opponent Orlando Letelier; judicial proceedings involving French collaborators with the Nazis; truth and reconciliation processes in South Africa and Chile; and the jurisdiction, procedure, fairness, and limits of international criminal tribunals. In the second section he discusses the colonial roots of terrorism, terrorism in anticolonial struggles and civil wars, US policy towards the People's Mujahideen of Iran (the Mujahideen-e Khalq), terrorism and the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, Judge Richard Posner's Not a Suicide Pact; and the Bush administrations plans to use military commissions to try the so-called "enemy combatants" held at Guantanamo. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court
Supreme Conflict
The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court
Paperback      ISBN: 0143113046
A straightforward account of the struggle for control over the nation's highest court describes how Rehnquist's court proved disappointing to conservatives despite its seven Republican nominees, the story behind a series of failed Republican nominations, and George W. Bush's direct role in launching a conservative counter-revolution. Reprint.
Union and Liberty: The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun
Union and Liberty
The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun
Paperback      ISBN: 086597103x
Calhoun's most important constitutional and political writings are now available as complete, unabridged texts and in a single volume, many for the first time since the 1850s. These writings address such issues as states' rights and nullification, slavery, the growth of the Federal judicial power, and Calhoun's doctrine of the "concurrent majority." This selection presents twelve notable speeches, letters, and essays by Calhoun; among them are his famous Fort Hill Address and his two great treatises on government?"A Disquisition on Government" and the "Discourse on the Constitution and Government of the United States." Ross M. Lence is Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston.
Trial Practice: Exercises in Witness Examination
Trial Practice
Exercises in Witness Examination
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0314163050
This new text, designed for Trial Advocacy courses, pays special attention to the Rules of Evidence and provides 35 classroom simulations intended to cultivate students’ skills at witness examination. The author has carefully eliminated non-essential material from traditional approaches to the course, instead directing attention to core trial skills.The workbook is concisely written and presents information in a hands-on format that engages students in the subject matter while teaching them practical skills required in legal practice. The comprehensive Teacher’s Manual provides everything necessary for teaching the class, requiring minimal preparation time for the instructor.