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Book
xvi, 311 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction: Checks and balances in an endless war
  • The new normal
  • Forces bigger than the president
  • Accountability journalism
  • Spies under a government microscope
  • Warrior-lawyers
  • The GTMO bar
  • The presidential synopticon
  • Afterword: After the next attack.
Conventional wisdom holds that 9/11 sounded the death knell for presidential accountability. In fact, the opposite is true. The novel powers that our post-9/11 commanders in chief assumed-endless detentions, military commissions, state secrets, broad surveillance, and more-are the culmination of a two-century expansion of presidential authority. But these new powers have been met with thousands of barely visible legal and political constraints-enforced by congressional committees, government lawyers, courts, and the media-that have transformed our unprecedentedly powerful presidency into one that is also unprecedentedly accountable. These constraints are the key to understanding why Obama continued the Bush counterterrorism program, and in this light, the events of the last decade should be seen as a victory, not a failure, of American constitutional government. We have actually preserved the framers' original idea of a balanced constitution, despite the vast increase in presidential power made necessary by this age of permanent emergency.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780393081336 20160607
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-556-01, LAW-790-01
Book
vii, 491 p. ; 26 cm.
  • Introduction: The story of presidential power / Christopher H. Schroeder & Curtis A. Bradley
  • The story of the neutrality controversy : struggling over presidential power outside the courts / Martin Flaherty
  • The story of the Prize Cases : executive action and judicial review in wartime / Thomas H. Lee & Michael D. Ramsey
  • The story of Ex parte Milligan : military trials, enemy combatants, and Congressional authorization / Curtis A. Bradley
  • The story of In re Neagle : sex, money, politics, perjury, homicide, federalism, and executive power / John Harrison
  • The story of Myers and its wayward successors : going postal on the removal power / Saikrishna Prakash
  • The story of Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation / H. Jefferson Powell
  • The story of the Steel Seizure case / Patricia L. Bellia
  • The story of United States v. United States District Court (Keith) : the surveillance power / Trevor W. Morrison
  • The story of United States v. Nixon : the President and the tapes / Christopher H. Schroeder
  • The story of Dames & Moore : resolution of an international crisis by executive agreement / Harold H. Bruff
  • The story of Morrison v. Olson : the Independent Counsel and independent agencies in Watergate's wake / Kevin M. Stack
  • The story of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld : trying enemy combatants by military commission / Dawn E. Johnsen.
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-624-01, LAW-790-01