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Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

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Since the Nuremberg Trials of 1945, lawful nations have struggled to impose justice around the world, especially when confronted by tyrannical and genocidal regimes. But in Cambodia, the USSR, China, Bosnia, Rwanda, and beyond, justice has been served haltingly if at all in the face of colossal inhumanity. International Courts are not recognized worldwide. There is not a g ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by PublicAffairs (first published January 10th 2012)
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Relstuart
This book made me realize how much of my perspective is shaped by the way the media has been talking about some of the issues to do with terrorists and how we are prosecuting them. Lawfare, war by using the law rather than vilolence is certainly something to be aware of. And lawfare is happening in our country and has been for some time.

This book is valuable in that is sets the decisions to use military courts to try captured non-American citizens accused of acts of terror in historical perspec
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zltg
May 29, 2014 zltg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
A defense of the legacy of the Bush Administration on the War on Terror. The books mainly recounts history without offering deeper insight into the dilemma of security and liberty. Shawcross distorts and cherry-picks arguments from the liberals in his (convincing) charge that they did the same.
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Mar 04, 2012 B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
What I wanted was an unbiased and nonpolitical account of what happened to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed but what I got was a rightwing treatise on the value of torture among other things. The author isn't quite the journalist I was hoping for even with all of his many footnotes. Quoting people I have lost all trust in such as Dick Cheney, disparaging newspapers he disagrees with by calling them the media elite, and leaving out crucial information or glossing over it when it puts the Bush administratio ...more
Bobbie57
This is an incredibly interesting book. Shawcross's father was the lead British prosecutor at Nuremberg and I found that related material added to the present story. I had the opportunity to use some primary source material from Nuremberg in my graduate studies so the references made a difference to me. I didn't always agree with his every take on things but I am a huge believer in reading a variety of points of view. This books is definitely worthwhile reading. Thoroughly researched with notes ...more
False Millennium
Easily one of the best things I've read this year, and I don't rate books "that" highly "that" often. I footnoted it to DEATH. I've already gone back and gotten books on Nuremburg from this work. I even checked out other books based on one quote. I highly recommend this book.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins
This book made me completely rethink the debate over military tribunals vs. civilian courts for trying al-Qaida defendants. It also cast Guantanamo and the perceptions of it as a horrible prison in a very different light.
Scott
Sep 23, 2012 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


Stupid book, tired arguments.
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