Terror Presidency Law and Judgement Inside the Bush Administration

ISBN-10: 039333533X
ISBN-13: 9780393335330
Edition: 2009
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Description: 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 on what he could and could not do . . . legally.  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484

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 on what he could and could not do . . . legally. Immediately after taking the job in October 2003, Goldsmith began to see that the work of his predecessors, whose opinions were the legal framework governing the conduct of the military and intelligence agencies in the war on terror, 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. In The Terror Presidency he shows how Bush damaged his own presidency and compromised the ability of his successors to respond forcefully in times of crisis.

Preface
The New Job
The Commander in Chief Ensnared by Law
Fear and OLC
When Lawyers Make Terrorism Policy
Torture and the Dilemmas of Presidential Lawyering
The Terror Presidency
Afterword: Assessing the First Terror Presidency
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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