Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror

Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror

by Frederick A. O. Schwarz Jr., Aziz Z. Huq
     
 
In the coming months and years, as we begin to take stock of the legacy of President George W. Bush, no text will be more essential than Unchecked and Unbalanced. In it, Fritz Schwarz and Aziz Huq examine how the modern era's unconstitutional expansion of executive power, originally denounced thirty years ago by the Senate's Church Committee (on which Schwarz served

Overview

In the coming months and years, as we begin to take stock of the legacy of President George W. Bush, no text will be more essential than Unchecked and Unbalanced. In it, Fritz Schwarz and Aziz Huq examine how the modern era's unconstitutional expansion of executive power, originally denounced thirty years ago by the Senate's Church Committee (on which Schwarz served as Chief Counsel), has been elevated by the Bush Administration to a first principle of government, one used to justify torture, rendition, black sites, and NSA domestic spying through contorted and flawed legal reasoning ultimately designed to create a monarchical presidency. This impeccably researched and eloquently argued paperback edition includes a new postscript putting the current political situation in historical context and providing a crucial roadmap for accountability in the future, setting out the steps the next administration will need to take to restore the checks and balances of American government.

About the Author:
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr. is Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. He was Chief Counsel for the Church Committee

About the Author:
Aziz Z. Huq directs the Liberty & National Security Project at the Brennan Center and is a 2006 Carnegie Scholars Fellow. They both live in New York City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595581174
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
03/26/2007
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.03(d)

Meet the Author


Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr. is senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He was chief counsel to the Church Committee. He lives in New York City.

Aziz Z. Huq is associate counsel at the Brennan Center and previously clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court. He lives in New York City.

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