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Detention and Denial: The Case for Candor after Guantánamo

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"Our current stalemate over detention serves nobody—not the military or any other component of the U.S. government that has to operate overseas.... It is a system that no rational combination of values or strategic considerations would have produced; it could have emerged only as a consequence of a clash of interests that produced a clear victory for nobody."—from the ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Brookings Institution Press (first published October 16th 2010)
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This book raises so many good points about the United States and the use of detention in times of war. It is a small book that packs a punch. It is very well argued and was helpful in my debate (pro for closing Guantanamo Bay) and I was certainly glad that the other side didn't get their hands on this.
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Benjamin Wittes is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He co-founded and co-writes the influential Lawfare blog (, which is devoted to non-ideological discussion of the "Hard National Security Choices,” and is a member of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on National Security and Law. Between 1997 and 2006, he served as an editorial wri ...more
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