"Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror"
October 17, 2007
David Cole, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, speaks on his new book, "Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror," coauthored by Jules Lobel. In their critique, two of the country's preeminent constitutional scholars argue that the great irony is that the Bush administration's sacrifices in the rule of law, adopted in the name of prevention, have in fact made us more susceptible to future terrorist attacks. They debunk the administration's claim that it is winning the war on terror and offer an alternative strategy in which the rule of law is an asset, not an obstacle, in the struggle to keep us both safe and free.
Professor Cole continues to litigate First Amendment and other constitutional issues as a volunteer staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. He has published in a variety of areas, including civil rights, criminal justice, constitutional law and law and literature. He is the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and the author of three previous books: Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (New Press, 2d ed. 2005); Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties for National Security (New Press, 3d ed. 2005) (with James X. Dempsey); and No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System (New Press, 1999).
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