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The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay

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Soon after the September 11 attacks in 2001, the United States captured hundreds of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan and around the world. By the following January the first of these prisoners arrived at the U.S. militaryand#8217;s prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they were subject to President George W. Bushand#8217;s executive order authorizing their trial by military commissions. Jess Bravin, the Wall Street Journaland#8217;s Supreme Court correspondent, was there within days of the prisonand#8217;s opening, and has continued ever since to cover the U.S. effort to create a parallel justice system for enemy aliens. A maze of legal, political, and moral issues has stood in the way of justiceand#8212;issues often raised by military prosecutors who found themselves torn between duty to the chain of command and their commitment to fundamental American values.

While much has been written about Guantanamo and brutal detention practices following 9/11, Bravin is the first to go inside the Pentagonand#8217;s prosecution team to expose the real-world legal consequences of those policies. Bravin describes cases undermined by inadmissible evidence obtained through torture, clashes between military lawyers and administration appointees, and political interference in criminal prosecutions that would be shocking within the traditional civilian and military justice systems. With the Obama administration planning to try the alleged 9/11 conspirators at Guantanamoand#8212;and vindicate the legal experiment the Bush administration could barely get off the groundand#8212;The Terror Courts could not be more timely.

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The first inside account of Americaand#8217;s continuing legal experiment at Guantanamo Bayand#8212;a permanent, offshore justice system designed to assure convictions by denying constitutional rights

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Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, has covered the Guantanamo military commissions since 2001. The author of Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Fromme, he is based in Washington, DC.

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Madam Pince, March 6, 2013 (view all comments by Madam Pince)
"The Terror Courts" exposes the reality behind the Bush administration's attempts to sanitize the abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. From the usual suspects -- Rumsfeld, Cheney, Addington and GWB -- to the military prosecutors shocked by the administration's brazen power grabs, readers come away stunned by the unapologetic lawlessness of cabinet officials and awed at the courageous protests of JAGs and military lawyers refusing to rubber-stamp confessions elicited by torture. Whatever remaining credibility the Bush administration may claim in the "war on terror," Jess Bravin undermines with his meticulous research, much of which was gathered while he covered the commissions on site at Guatanamo.
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ISBN:
9780300189209
Author:
Bravin, Jess
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Law-Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 b/w illus.
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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History and Social Science » Law » Civil Liberties and Human Rights
History and Social Science » Law » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Human Rights
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