The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 17, 2007 - Political Science - 256 pages
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A central player's account of the clash between the rule of law and the necessity of defending America.

Jack Goldsmith's duty as head of the Office of Legal Counsel was to advise President Bush what he could and could not do...legally. Goldsmith took the job in October 2003 and began to review the work of his predecessors. Their opinions were the legal framework governing the conduct of the military and intelligence agencies in the war on terror, and he found many—especially those regulating the treatment and interrogation of prisoners—that were deeply flawed.Goldsmith is a conservative lawyer who understands the imperative of averting another 9/11. But his unflinching insistence that we abide by the law put him on a collision course with powerful figures in the administration. Goldsmith's fascinating analysis of parallel legal crises in the Lincoln and Roosevelt administrations shows why Bush's apparent indifference to human rights has damaged his presidency and, perhaps, his standing in history.
  

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User Review  - Thea Sebastian - Goodreads

Goldsmith is amazing, and not just because he was my professor. An insider's account of where security and the Constitution collide. Read full review

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User Review  - Gabriel Schoenfeld - Goodreads

The Terror Presidency is one of the most absorbing accounts of service in government ever written--a classic memoir by a courageous public servant. Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
The New Job
17
The Commander in Chief Ensnared by Law
43
Fear and OLC
71
When Lawyers Make Terrorism Policy
99
Torture and the Dilemmas of Presidential
141
The Terror Presidency
177
Assessing the First Terror Presidency
217
Acknowledgments
235
Index
271
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Jack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University. From October 2003 to June 2004 he was assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

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