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Protecting Liberty in an Age of Terror : Belfer Center Studies in International Security - Philip B. Heymann

Protecting Liberty in an Age of Terror

Belfer Center Studies in International Security

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Published: 1st September 2005
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Since September 11, 2001, much has been said about the difficult balancing act between freedom and security, but few have made specific proposals for how to strike that balance. As the scandals over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib and the "torture memos" written by legal officials in the Bush administration show, without clear rules in place, things can very easily go very wrong.With this challenge in mind, Philip Heymann and Juliette Kayyem, directors of Harvard's Long-Term Legal Strategy Project for Preserving Security and Democratic Freedoms in the War on Terrorism, take a detailed look at how to handle these competing concerns. Taking into account both the national security viewpoint and the democratic freedoms viewpoint, Heymann and Kayyem consulted experts from across the political spectrum -- including Rand Beers, Robert McNamara, and Michael Chertoff (since named Secretary of Homeland Security) -- about the thorniest and most profound legal challenges of this new era. Heymann and Kayyem offer specific recommendations for dealing with such questions as whether assassination is ever acceptable, when coercion can be used in interrogation, and when detention is allowable. They emphasize that drawing clear rules to guide government conduct protects the innocent from unreasonable government intrusion and prevents government agents from being made scapegoats later if things go wrong. Their recommendations will be of great interest to legal scholars, legislators, policy professionals, and concerned citizens.

In a poisonous atmosphere where worthy debates over the Patriot Act and domestic surveillance are marred by risible analogies to the worst excesses of Watergate, a thoughtful book by tow former high-ranking Clinton Justice Department officials is a breath of fresh air.... Heymann and Kayyem perform an exceptional service: a responsible starting point for a new paradigm in a new kind of war.

-The New York Post
As executive branch officials, members of Congress, and judges continue to develop rules for defending out security, they can profit from Heymann and Kayyem's guidance on the equally urgent task of protecting our liberty.

-The Wilson Quarterly * Reviews *
In a poisonous atmosphere where worthy debates over the Patriot Act and domestic surveillance are marred by risible analogies to the worst excesses of Watergate, a thoughtful book by tow former high-ranking Clinton Justice Department officials is a breath of fresh air.... Heymann and Kayyem perform an exceptional service: a responsible starting point for a new paradigm in a new kind of war.

-The New York Post * Reviews *

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Summary of Recommendationsp. 11
Coercive Interrogationsp. 31
Indefinite Detentionp. 41
Military Commissionsp. 53
Targeted Killingp. 59
Communications of U.S. Persons or Others within the United States Intercepted During the Targeting of Foreign Persons Abroadp. 69
Information Collectionp. 75
Identification of Individuals and Collection of Information for Federal Filesp. 85
Surveillance of Religious and Political Meetingsp. 93
Distinctions Based on Group Membershipp. 101
Oversight of Extraordinary Measuresp. 109
Counterterrorism Policies in the United Kingdomp. 119
Torture and Coercive Interrogationsp. 149
Board of Advisors: The Long-Term Legal Strategy Project for Preserving Security and Democratic Freedoms in the War on Terrorismp. 179
Indexp. 183
About the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairsp. 198
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ISBN: 9780262582575
ISBN-10: 0262582570
Series: Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st September 2005
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.36