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Chapter 14: The Rights of Detainees: Determining the Limits of Law
Before You Begin
- Why is there so much political contention over the rights of detainees held in connection with the war on terrorism?
- Why, and on what basis, did the administration of George W. Bush act so aggressively to assert executive privilege in defining the rights of detainees in its war on terrorism?
- Why, and on what basis, have critics challenged the executive branch's authority to define the rights of detainees without “interference” from Congress or the judiciary?
- Is the war on terrorism equivalent to other wars—such as World War II or the Vietnam War—that the United States has fought? Does it justify the president's claims to exceptional war powers ...