The War on Terror: The Legal Dimension (Hardback)
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The War on Terror: The Legal Dimension (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 30/05/2013
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A former Marine judge advocate and legal counsel to General Colin Powell, James Terry explores the genesis of the United States approach to terror violence and the legal foundation for the nation's response to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Terry first reviews the entire spectrum of legal issues that arise before offering creative and practical legal and political solutions to counter terrorist activities. The author examines the development of rules of engagement and their application in the terrorist environment while differentiating the law of self-defense in this environment from more traditional conflicts. He also addresses the role of interrogation, and the line between harsh interrogation and torture, and the jurisdictional claims that arise. This volume examines a large number of topics related to the struggle and in a remarkably concise exploration, makes them understandable to experts in international law as well as those who do not have a strong background in the field. This text provides a serious but concise review of the legal issues in 20 interrelated chapters. All constitutional law scholars and political scientists will greatly benefit from reading this book. No other text offers such a comprehensive or detailed review of the issues arising from the War on Terror.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442222427
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 236 x 157 x 24 mm


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An authoritative, comprehensive and well-written examination of the legal dimension in countering terrorism by the United States government, focusing on the cases of responding to terrorist insurgencies in Afghanistan and Iraq. The author is a leading expert on these topics, having served as a former Marine Corps judge advocate and legal counsel to the U.S. Defense Department. The book's chapters cover topics such as the legal dimension required in the operational context of counterterrorism, including the use of covert action; the international legal and political context for countering state-sponsored terrorism; the law of self-defense as applied to the terrorist threat; developing rules of engagement in countering terrorism; the application of Habeas Corpus in the detention of enemy combatants; torture and the interrogation of detainees; the dilemma of turning to federal courts or military commissions in trying suspected terrorists; international law and maritime terrorism and piracy; outsourcing military support operations in counterterrorism; the legal dimension in countering cyberterrorism, and the relationship between counterterrorism and media access to information. The concluding chapter presents the author's views on future perspectives in countering the terrorist threat. * Perspectives on Terrorism *
[A]n excellent overview and a valuable contribution to the important goal of producing an informed nation committed both to protecting its people against terrorism and upholding the rule of law. It is a book that will be of value both to experts in the field and ordinary citizens who wish to better understand the legal dimensions of a conflict that may be with us for some years to come. -- Robert F. Turner, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia Law School

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