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The Challenge

Hamdan V. Rumsfeld and the Fight Over Presidential Power
Mahler, Jonathan, 1969- (Book - 2008 )
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In November 2001, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a 31-year-old Yemeni, was captured and turned over to U.S. forces in Afghanistan. After confessing to being Osama bin Laden's driver, Hamdan was transferred to Guantánamo Bay, and was soon designated by President Bush for trial before a special military tribunal. The Pentagon assigned a military defense lawyer to represent him, a 35-year-old graduate of the Naval Academy, Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift. No one expected Swift to mount much of a defense. The rules of the tribunals, America's first in over fifty years, were stacked against him--assuming he wasn't expected to throw the game altogether. Instead, with the help of a young constitutional law professor at Georgetown, Neal Katyal, Swift sued the Bush Administration over the legality of the tribunals. In 2006, Katyal argued the case before the Supreme Court and won. This is the inside story of what may be the most important decision on presidential power and the rule of law in the history of the Supreme Court.--From publisher description.
Authors: Mahler, Jonathan, 1969-
Statement of Responsibility: Jonathan Mahler
Title: The challenge
Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the fight over presidential power
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 24 cm.
Notes: "Portions of this work originally appeared, in somewhat different form, in the June 13, 2004, January 8, 2006, and July 9, 2006, issues of The New York Times Magazine"--T.p. verso
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-314) and index
Contents: The JAG
The trials
VUCA
The professor
The civil power
A drowning man
The lawsuit
Tugging the lion's tail
"Oh, I doubt that seriously, Sir"
"Judge assigned: we won the lottery"
An indefinite recess
"We're going to crush you"
Who we are
The Supreme Court responds
Getting to five
Where's the food?
The countdown
The argument
The heroes of Guantanamo?
Summary: In November 2001, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a 31-year-old Yemeni, was captured and turned over to U.S. forces in Afghanistan. After confessing to being Osama bin Laden's driver, Hamdan was transferred to Guantánamo Bay, and was soon designated by President Bush for trial before a special military tribunal. The Pentagon assigned a military defense lawyer to represent him, a 35-year-old graduate of the Naval Academy, Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift. No one expected Swift to mount much of a defense. The rules of the tribunals, America's first in over fifty years, were stacked against him--assuming he wasn't expected to throw the game altogether. Instead, with the help of a young constitutional law professor at Georgetown, Neal Katyal, Swift sued the Bush Administration over the legality of the tribunals. In 2006, Katyal argued the case before the Supreme Court and won. This is the inside story of what may be the most important decision on presidential power and the rule of law in the history of the Supreme Court.--From publisher description.
Subject Headings: Chauffeurs Legal status, laws, etc Combatants and noncombatants (International law) International and municipal law United States Terrorism Prevention Law and legislation United States Jurisdiction United States Military courts United States Rumsfeld, Donald, 1932- Trials, litigation, etc Hamdan, Salim Ahmed, 1970- Trials, litigation, etc
Topical Term: Chauffeurs
Combatants and noncombatants (International law)
International and municipal law
Terrorism
Jurisdiction
Military courts
LCCN: 2008003063
ISBN: 0374223203
9780374223205
Branch Call Number: 343.7301 M
Research Call Number: JBE 11-396
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