The Terror Presidency

The Terror Presidency

Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration

Book - 2007
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Jack Goldsmith's duty as head of the Office of Legal Counsel was to advise President Bush what he could and could not do...legally. Goldsmith took the job in October 2003 and began to review the work of his predecessors. Their opinions were the legal framework governing the conduct of the military and intelligence agencies in the war on terror, and he found many--especially those regulating the treatment and interrogation of prisoners--that 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. Goldsmith's fascinating analysis of parallel legal crises in the Lincoln and Roosevelt administrations shows why Bush's apparent indifference to human rights has damaged his presidency and, perhaps, his standing in history.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393065503
Branch Call Number: 342.73062
Characteristics: 256 p. ; 25 cm.


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Jan 23, 2015

Recommended by Fareed Zacaria on CNN. He worked in the Bush administration so he sees things from their viewpoint in most cases. He reminds us that hindsight is always 20/20 so it is easier for the critics. He was opposed to the extreme torture that was practiced. He felt that Bush and Cheney were not willing to consult and work with others. Their goal was a more powerful executive branch. So he could see things from both sides a little better than most.


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