The Long Struggle Over the Legal Bounds of Fighting Terrorism
By Deborah Pearlstein
Deborah Pearlstein is an associate professor of law at Cardozo Law School in New York. From 2003 to 2007, she served as the founding director of the Law and Security Program at Human Rights First, where she led the organization’s efforts in research, litigation and advocacy surrounding U.S. detention and interrogation operations.
May 26, 2016 The Washington Post - Karen Greenberg’s new book, “Rogue Justice,” takes on a challenging task: adding new insight to our understanding of the long-running legal battles surrounding the post-9/11 fight against terrorism.
Those who have followed U.S. detention and interrogation, surveillance and targeting policies for the past 15 years have been spoiled by a bounty of rich journalistic accounts of the legal debates inside the government and out — from Jane Mayer’s page-turning “The Dark Side,” now nearly a decade old, to Charlie Savage’s comprehensive “Power Wars,” released late last year. Greenberg adds only a little to the detailed record these works and others have provided on how the law was used to support decisions to torture detainees, collect Americans’ telephone records and conduct military trials, among other things.