National Security, Civil Liberties and the War on Terror

National Security, Civil Liberties and the War on Terror

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This timely collection of recent articles and judicial commentary provides a balance of perspectives on concrete issues under the umbrella of national security and civil liberties. It includes court judgments as well as opinion pieces both from those who believe the United States needs to be more protective of civil liberties and also from those who argue that national security concerns are paramount. It addresses some of the most hotly debated issues of the day, including the detentions at Guantanamo Bay, the use of torture, holding enemy combatants indefinitely, the question of whether terrorism suspects should be given the Miranda warnings, and the limits of executive power during wartime. To stress the importance of an impartial, independent judiciary, Richard Fybel explains the history of the German judiciary and judges during the Nazi Era.

This balanced selection of expert opinion from widely recognized and respected authors will inform and educate readers on this critical topic. It will be especially useful for undergraduate courses in political philosophy, political science, and criminal justice, as well as law school courses addressing issues of the constitutional balance of powers, national security, interrogation practices, due process and habeas corpus.

Book News
This collection of thirty-one essays on national security, counter terrorism and civil liberties, examines competing views on the lengths to which personal freedoms and constitutional guarantees may be curtailed in the name of security. Divided into sections covering the history of the current anti-terrorism climate, interrogation practices, immigration and racial profiling, secrecy and surveillance and detention and the constitution, essays address such topics as justifying wartime limits on civil rights and liberties, torture and positive law, the use of "common-sense" profiling and comparative perspectives on the State Secrets Privilege. Most entries have been drawn from previously published works and the volume includes the relevant transcripts of several important court cases and government policy statements and documents. Contributors are influential professors of law from a variety of institutions. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781616143961
Branch Call Number: 343.7301 N
Characteristics: 472 p. ;,23 cm


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