Give Now

Delays, Closings and Severe Weather - View All Alerts and Updates

Legal Expert Says War On Terrorism Tactics Violate Laws

Georgetown University Law Center professor and legal affairs correspondent for “The Nation” magazine David Cole says tactics in the war on terrorism have violated many national and international laws. The frequent “All Things Considered” commentator spoke in Bloomington Thursday at the Indiana University School of Law.

Cole told a crowd of mostly law students that post 9/11 policies have resulted in the incarceration and torture of many innocent people. He said preventive detention and harsh interrogation methods such as waterboarding leave lasting impressions on the rest of the world.

Cole said the Bush administration has ignored rulings by the Supreme Court, acts of Congress, existing laws and international treaties in the name of national security. He said this doesn’t sit well with the leaders of other nations who are coming to see the U.S. as an “outlaw state.” Cole said civic action groups have been somewhat successful in holding the Bush administration accountable for what he called “unconstitutional practices.” Cole said involvement by the citizenry has given courts and the media the “backbone” to investigate policies more critically.

Want to contact your legislators about an issue that matters to you? Find out how to contact your senators and member of Congress here.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Politics Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook