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Analysis and Commentary

A Little Less Conversation

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sen. Ted Kennedy has drawn a line in the sand...

Analysis and Commentary

Attack of the Lawyers!

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Monday, November 12, 2007

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers," shouts one of the leaders of a revolt of the rabble in Shakespeare...

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The Mukasey Ultimatum

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Monday, October 29, 2007

At his recent Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, would-be attorney general Michael Mukasey sounded at times positively Alberto Gonzales-like...

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The Smart Way to Shut Gitmo Down

by Matthew Waxmanvia Washington Post
Sunday, October 28, 2007

In July 2005, I joined a group of senior policymakers at the White House for a review of administration policies on the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Analysis and Commentary

FISA Follies

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Monday, October 15, 2007

For all the fire-breathing rhetoric we can expect to hear about modernization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the coming months, last week's introduction by House Democrats of their bill on the subject makes one thing abundantly clear: The Democrats and the Bush administration aren't very far apart...

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Why I'm Not Looking Forward to the New Supreme Court Term

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Monday, October 1, 2007

It's the first Monday in October, the day the Supreme Court begins its term, and I'm supposed to be salivating...

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The Seven-Year Itch

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

There is one big problem with President Bush's nomination of retired Federal. District Judge Michael Mukasey to be Attorney General of the United States: It comes seven years too late...

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by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

By now you've probably read something about Jack Goldsmith's new book on his brief service as head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel...

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Confidence Man

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Monday, August 6, 2007

One of the problems with having a dissembling attorney general is that it becomes difficult for his administration to move agenda items that rely to any degree on his credibility--even when they might have merit...

Vulgarizing the War Debate

by Peter Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Peter Berkowitz on The Matador’s Cape: America’s Reckless Response to Terror by Stephen Holmes.


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Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow

The National Security and Law Task Force examines the rule of law, the laws of war, and American constitutional law with a view to making proposals that strike an optimal balance between individual freedom and the vigorous defense of the nation against terrorists both abroad and at home.

The task force’s focus is the rule of law and its role in Western civilization, as well as the roles of international law and organizations, the laws of war, and U.S. criminal law. Those goals will be accomplished by systematically studying the constellation of issues—social, economic, and political—on which striking a balance depends.

Peter Berkowitz serves as chair of the National Security and Law Task Force.