War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Political Science - 224 pages
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John Yoo, the key legal architect of the Bush administration’s response to 9/11, delivers a fascinating insider account of the War on Terror. While America reeled from the cataclysmic events of September 11, 2001, Yoo and a skeletal staff of the Office of Legal Counsel found themselves on the phone with the White House. In a series of memos, Yoo offered his legal opinions on the president’s authority to respond, and in the process had an almost unmatched impact on America's fight against terrorism. His analysis led to many of the Bush administration’s most controversial policies, including detention at Guantanamo Bay, coercive interrogation, military trials for terrorists, preemptive attacks, and the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program. In fascinating detail, Yoo takes us inside the corridors of power and examines specific cases, from John Walker Lindh and Jose Padilla to an American al-Qaeda leader assassinated by a CIA pilotless drone in the deserts of Yemen. In a midterm election year, when the controversies over the president’s handling of the War on Terror are sure to wage more forcefully than ever before, John Yoo’s War by Other Means is set to become one of the fall’s most talked about books.
 

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Contents

WAR
7
THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS
24
ASSASSINATION
54
THE PATRIOT ACT
76
THE NSA AND WIRETAPPING
105
GUANTANAMO BAY
134
INTERROGATION
171
MILITARY COMMISSIONS
210
EPILOGUE
237
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
249
NOTES
251
INDEX
289
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John Yoo is a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where he has taught since 1993, and a graduate of Harvard (A.B.) and Yale (J.D.). From 2001 to 2003 he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security, and the separation of powers as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. Yoo has published articles in a number of the nation’s leading law journals, and numerous opinion pieces in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Los Angeles Times.

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