Political Science, Department of


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New York: New York University Press, 2010


Copyright 2010 by David P. Forsythe. Used by permission


This edited collection by Austin Sarat and Nasser Hussain starts by noting that during the George W. Bush administration, there were charges of violation of law regarding domestic surveillance, the invasion of Iraq, and the policy toward enemy prisoners. It then examines the question of why prosecutions and/or a truth commission have not occurred on any of these subjects, given that the United States is supposedly committed to the rule of law in which protection of human rights is supposed to loom large. The editors themselves do not take a clear position on these matters but say rather that they wish to analyze various views. The contributing authors, all from leading academic institutions in the United States, have written chapters that are disparate and in some ways uneven. The book focuses for the most part on prisoner issues.