In a series of memos and policy decisions many top secret and only made public much later the administrations lawyers dismissed the geneva conventions as quaint justified the torture of suspected terrorists argued that the president in his capacity as commander in chief was bound by no laws in defending the nation at home and . How did america become a nation that tortured prisoners spied on its citizens and gave its president unchecked powers in matters of defense has justice been the greatest casualty of the war on terrorafter the attacks of september 11 2001 the bush administration swiftly began to rethink its . The paperback of the justice at war the men and ideas that shaped americas war on terror by david cole at barnes noble free shipping on 250 or. Yet cole believes that america can prevail against the threat of terror not by dismantling the checks and balances that guarantee the fairness of our justice system but by restoring them he discusses how michael mukasey the new attorney general may try to improve the justice departments tattered reputation. Peter steinfels in beliefs column notes that political philosopher michael walzer has written new book arguing about war says book contains series of essays he wrote in 2002 and 2003 asserting
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