Take a look at some or all of the following and comment in relation to the materials we have been studying in class regarding civil liberties during crisis periods and the idea of the national security state as an alternative to the constitutional state.
Law professor David Cole reviews several books about Guantanamo in the New York Review of Books.
Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen captured in Afghanistan when he was 15 years old and held in Guantanamo for the last 8 years agreed to a guilty plea last week.
- Andrew Sullivan (warning: graphic photo)
- Human Rights Watch (lots of links to commentary, very different photo)
- New York Timeseditorial on the plea.
- Dept of Defense official documents on his military commission case.
This clip is from Attorney General Eric Holder’s confirmation hearing. He is the person who is currently responsible for initiating an investigation or prosecution for war crimes by US citizens in the United States. The key clip is in the last 20 seconds or so.
George Bush in 2006
George Bush last night (11/8/2010)