Enemy Aliens

Enemy Aliens

by David Cole




In the war on terrorism, the federal government has detained over 5,000 foreign nationals, engaged in guilt by association and ethnic profiling, and conducted secret searches and wiretaps without probable cause of criminality. These measures have been sold to the public on the ground that they affect only foreign nationals, not American citizens. In Enemy Aliens, award-winning author, Georgetown law professor, and civil liberties lawyer David Cole argues that in balancing liberty and security we have consistently relied on a double standard, imposing measures on foreigners that we would not tolerate if they were applied more broadly to us all. Cole warns that while such a double standard is politically easy (the 20 million noncitizens living in the United States can't vote), it is constitutionally suspect, counterproductive as a security matter, and ultimately illusory, because history shows that acceptance of such treatment for outsiders paves the way for similar measures against American citizens. Coming on the heels of his multi-award-winning No Equal Justice, which exposed race- and class-based double standards in the criminal justice system, Enemy Aliens brings Cole's keen intelligence, constitutional acumen, and personal litigation experience to bear on the character of constitutional freedoms in the war on terrorism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565848009
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 09/26/2003
Pages: 315
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Cole is the George Mitchell Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation. He is the author of No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System, the American Book Award–winning Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism, and The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable and is a co-author (with James Dempsey) of Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security and (with Jules Lobel) of Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror, both published by The New Press. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Part 1Responding To 9/11
1.Their Liberty, Our Security: An Overview17
2.The Disappeared22
3.Ethnic Profiling47
4.Patriots and Enemies: Redefining Terrorism57
5.Targeting Citizens72
Part 2History Lessons
6.Crossing the Citizen-Noncitizen Divide: An Overview85
7.Enemy Aliens and Enemy Races88
8.Alien Radicals and Radical Citizens: From Anarchism to Sedition105
9."The Course of Least Resistance": J. Edgar Hoover's First Job and the Palmer Raids of 1919-20116
10.The Second Red Scare: Targeting Radical Citizens129
11.Extending the Boundaries: From Martin Luther King, Jr., to Watergate154
12.From Communism to Terrorism: Lessons of a Young Lawyer159
Part 3Security
13.Legitimacy and Double Standards183
Part 4The Right Thing To Do
14.The Bill of Rights as Human Rights211
Conclusion: Breaking the Cycle228

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he writes about important issues in a dispassionate way