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Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power

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The detention system established by the Bush Administration at Guantánamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba is like no other in our nation's history. Joseph Margulies traces the development of this detention policy from its ill-conceived creation in 2002 as "the ideal interrogation chamber" to its present form, where most prisoners are held without charges in a super-maximum secur ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2006)
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Marc
This is a very good and detailed look at the mess that the Dubbya regime made of this. Written by one of the lawyers that took them on in court, it sometimes runs a bit long. He makes the case though.

1) the president and his administration essentially considered themselves above/beyond legal touch. "...the president claims he--and he alone--must have the flexibility to define the enemy as he sees fit...and to act against it no matter what form it takes." p.12
2) therefore even tactics outside Gen
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Brian
Mar 08, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it
Not necessarily by any virtue of its own, this book has significantly altered the order of the priorities in my life. As I read what was being done to other human beings in my name, I became both outraged that such things would be done so brazenly and determined to ensure that they wouldn't happen again. Since I finished this book in March of 2008, I have invested significant effort into educating myself on the issue of human rights and how the U.S. Government has worked to uphold its commitment ...more
Lawrence
A balanced and insightful first-hand analysis of the legal morass that is Gitmo. A hugely important work for lawyers, civil rights activists, political scientists and voters alike that also begins to tell the human consequences of one of the greatest war crimes of the Bush presidency. The most critical and unanswered question is when will America bring this renegade Administration to justice?
Devi
Jan 05, 2012 Devi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book. It was also a sad book about the abuse of power when we have an imperial presidency.

It is also a story of how smart people can make bad decisions and rationalize them away.
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Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power by Joseph Margulies (2007)
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Dec 15, 2007 Etanouye rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historians in the future trying to figure out where we went wrong
Terrifying but well-written account of just what the title says.
Rachelle
Nov 21, 2007 Rachelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Concerned citizens
This book made me want to be a lawyer!
Jean
Feb 28, 2009 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, what is wrong with our country?
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