Protecting Liberty in an Age of Terror
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Since September 11, 2001, much has been said about the difficult balancing act between freedom and security, but few have made specific proposals for how to strike that balance. As the scandals over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib and the "torture memos" written by legal officials in the Bush administration show, without clear rules in place, things can very easily go very wrong.With this challenge in mind, Philip Heymann and Juliette Kayyem, directors of Harvard's Long-Term Legal Strategy Project for Preserving Security and Democratic Freedoms in the War on Terrorism, take a detailed look at how to handle these competing concerns. Taking into account both the national security viewpoint and the democratic freedoms viewpoint, Heymann and Kayyem consulted experts from across the political spectrum—including Rand Beers, Robert McNamara, and Michael Chertoff (since named Secretary of Homeland Security)—about the thorniest and most profound legal challenges of this new era. Heymann and Kayyem offer specific recommendations for dealing with such questions as whether assassination is ever acceptable, when coercion can be used in interrogation, and when detention is allowable. They emphasize that drawing clear rules to guide government conduct protects the innocent from unreasonable government intrusion and prevents government agents from being made scapegoats later if things go wrong. Their recommendations will be of great interest to legal scholars, legislators, policy professionals, and concerned citizens.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262083430 160 pp. | 9.25 in x 6.25 in

Paperback

$25.00 S | £20.00 ISBN: 9780262582575 160 pp. | 9.25 in x 6.25 in

Reviews

  • As executive branch officials, members of Congress, and judges continue to develop rules for defending out security, they can profit from Heymann and Kayyem's guidance on the equally urgent task of protecting our liberty.

    The Wilson Quarterly

  • In a poisonous atmosphere where worthy debates over the Patriot Act and domestic surveillance are marred by risible analogies to the worst excesses of Watergate, a thoughtful book by tow former high-ranking Clinton Justice Department officials is a breath of fresh air.... Heymann and Kayyem perform an exceptional service: a responsible starting point for a new paradigm in a new kind of war.

    The New York Post

Endorsements

  • In fighting the war on terror, we cannot abandon the legal and moral principles that have made us a great nation. Harvard's Phil Heymann and Juliette Kayyem, who have direct experience in fighting terrorism, have produced this extraordinarily thoughtful work containing many specific measures that would not only enhance our ability to fight terrorism but also preserve our essential liberties. It should be read by the President and Congress, who should then move quickly to adopt as many of its suggestions as possible.

    Jeffrey H. Smith

    former General Counsel of the CIA and Senior Partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter

  • In fighting the war on terror we cannot abandon the legal and moral principles that have made us a great nation. Harvard's Phil Heymann and Juliette Kayyem who have direct experience in fighting terrorism have produced this extraordinarily thoughtful work containing many specific measures that would not only enhance our ability to fight terrorism but also preserve our essential liberties. It should be read by the President and Congress who should then move quickly to adopt as many of its suggestions as possible.

    Jeffrey H. Smith

    former General Counsel of the CIA and Senior Partner with the Washington D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter