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The 9/11 Terror Cases


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Allan A. Ryan teaches the law of war at Harvard University and Boston College Law School, USA. He has served as a law clerk to Justice Byron R. White on the US Supreme Court, assistant to the US Solicitor General and as director of the Office of Special Investigations in the Department of Justice's Criminal Division. His books include Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur's Justice and Command Accountability (Kansas).


"For those looking for an introduction to the role of the Supreme Court in the war on terrorism, it is hard to imagine a more appropriate volume than Ryan's."--Political Science Quarterly"A breath of fresh air amongst the numerous books written by politicians, journalists, academics, military and intelligence officers following the attacks of September 11. . . . [Provides] an objective analysis of a very complicated topic: the challenges made to the US Constitution following the invasion of Afghanistan and how the American legal and political system has responded to such challenges."--H-Net Reviews"An in-depth and accessible explanation for both the origins and complexities of the detainee cases. [Ryan] examines the cases through the lens of the separation of powers system, demonstrating the back and forth between the executive, Congress, and courts on these issues."--Congress & the Presidency"Ryan presents an engrossing analysis of post-9/11 court conflicts, dissecting five key cases argued during the George W. Bush years. Along the way, he offers a surgically precise yet readable critique of the administration's decision to establish a military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Highly recommended."--Choice
"With detailed analysis, Allan Ryan lays bare the fundamental errors of the Bush II administration in claiming for the president an inherent power to create military tribunals. The damage done by that false and rejected assertion, requiring a series of decisions by the Supreme Court and legislative action by Congress, has been costly to the principle of constitutional government and to America's standing in the world."--Louis Fisher, author of Military Tribunals and Presidential Power"Allan Ryan's The 9/11 Terror Cases is an accessible, comprehensive, and balanced account of the most important Constitutional issues that have arisen since 9/11."--Justin J. Wert, author of Habeas Corpus in America: The Politics of Individual Rights"The equilibrium of American law was severely tested in the years after the 9/11 attacks, in part by an extraordinary assertion of powers by the executive branch. Ryan's lucid and insightful portrayal clarifies how the federal courts, and in particular the Supreme Court, served as an essential counterweight to help restore the balance in our government of laws."--William C. Banks, editor-in-chief, Journal of National Security Law and Policy

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