Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror / Edition 1

Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror / Edition 1

by Peter Jan Honigsberg
     
 


"Peter Jan Honigsberg has written a magnificent book telling the story of what has occurred since September 11, 2001, and how the Bush administration has betrayed the most basic principles of constitutional law and international human rights protections. He tells the story of Guantanamo in moving, human terms, and he also shows how it relates to the other abuses… See more details below

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"Peter Jan Honigsberg has written a magnificent book telling the story of what has occurred since September 11, 2001, and how the Bush administration has betrayed the most basic principles of constitutional law and international human rights protections. He tells the story of Guantanamo in moving, human terms, and he also shows how it relates to the other abuses that have occurred over the last seven years."—Erwin Chemerinsky, from the foreword

"In weaving compelling human stories and a meticulously researched chronology of violations of the rule of law and human rights since 9/11, Honigsberg has written a moving and powerful narrative of how we lost our constitutional and moral compass."—Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

"National security is the last refuge of tyrants, and Peter Jan Honigsberg documents the full frontal assault on civil liberties in the United States perpetrated in the name of national security by Bush, Cheney and their partners in crime. Unlawful detention, imprisonment without trial for years on end, and outsourcing torture, are among the litany of horrors committed against the innocent. This book should be mandatory reading for all registered voters."—Kerry Kennedy, Founder of The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520254725
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/18/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
334
Sales rank:
1,426,064
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
The Cuban Iguana and American Jurisprudence
Foreword by Erwin Chermerinsky
Opening

Part One: Manipulating the Law

Introducing the Term Enemy Combatant
Justifying Harsh
Interrogations and Torture
Asserting Absolute Power as Commander-in-Chief

Part Two: Lawless Detentions in America
Yaser Hamdi, American Citizen
Jose Padilla, American Citizen
Ali Saleh Kalah Al Marri, American Resident
Preventive Detention
Part Three: Lawless Detentions in Guantanamo

I. Guantanamo and the Road to the Supreme Court, 2002-2004
Why Guantanamo?
Martin Luther King Weekend, January 2002
The Road to the Supreme Court
With a Little Help from the Cuban Iguana
A Historic Supreme Court Decision: Rasul v. Bush

II.
Inhumane Treatment of Detainees at Guantanamo

Interrogation Log of a Guantanamo Detainee
FBI Report: July 29, 2004
Denial of Treatment
Suicides at the Base
Emergency Response Force
Hunger Strikers and Forced Feeding

III. The Administration under Siege, 2004-2006
Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs)
Government
Interference with Attorneys
The Administration's Legal Position Falters
Detainee Treatment Act of 2005

IV. Winds of Change, 2006-2008
A Second Historic Supreme Court Decision: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
The Military Commissions Act
The Third Guantanamo Case: Boumediene v. Bush
Supreme Court Oral Arguments
A Parallel Case on Reviewing CSRT Hearings
The Return to War Crime Prosecutions: Hicks, Khadr, and Hamdan
Victory: Boumediene v. Bush

Part Four: Foreign Prisons and CIA Black Sites
The Evolution of Extraordinary Rendition
Case Study: Khalid El-Masri
Case Study: Maher Arar
Case Study: Abu Omar
Violating Human Rights Laws

Part Five: Detentions in America with Due Process
John Walker Lindh
Richard Colvin Reid
Zacarias Moussaoui
The Lackawanna Six

Closing
Addendum: Visiting Guantanamo Bay
List of Abbreviations
Notes

Index

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