Saturday, September 16, 2006
When David Cole was first writing Enemy Aliens, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the anti-immigrant brand of American patriotism was at fever pitch. Now, as the pendulum swings back, and court after court finds the Bush administration�s tactics of secrecy and assumption of guilt unconstitutional, Cole�s book stands as a prescient and critical indictment of the double standards we have applied in the war on terror.
Called �brilliantly argued� by Edward Said, and �the essential book in the field� by former CIA Director James Woolsey, Enemy Aliens shows why it is a moral, constitutional, and practical imperative to afford every person in the United States the protections from government excesses that we expect for ourselves.
David Cole is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and a volunteer staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. He is also legal affairs correspondent for The Nation and a commentator on NPR�s All Things Considered. He was named one of the top forty-five public sector lawyers under forty-five by The American Lawyer.
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