Constitutional Limits on Coercive Interrogation by Amos N. GuioraConstitutional Limits on Coercive Interrogation by Amos N. Guiora

Constitutional Limits on Coercive Interrogation

byAmos N. Guiora

Hardcover | May 1, 2008

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On September 11, 2001 terrorism instantly became the defining issue of our age. The resulting debates surrounding the inherent tension between national security interests and individual civil rights has focused national and international attention on how post-9/11 detainees at Guantanamo Bay,Abu Ghraib, and around the world have been interrogated. All concerned agree that, while interrogation practices represent a crucial meeting ground between human rights and counter-terrorism measures, the limits placed on interrogators are perhaps the most difficult to define for they determine how"far" a civil society is willing to go in fighting the exigencies that terror presents. In The Constitutional Limits of Coercive Investigation, Amos Guiora offers a theoretical analysis and a practical application of coercive interrogation, and in doing so, suggests developing and implementing a hybrid paradigm based on American criminal law, the Geneva Convention, and the Israelimodel of trial as the most relevant judicial regime. Guiora offers a unique contribution to the public debate by creatively utilizing a historical analysis of the system of "justice" for African-Americans in the Deep South of the past century to serve as a guide for the constitutional rights and protections which need to be granted or extended to anunprotected class. He then indicates which interrogation methods are within the boundaries of the law by both recommending protection of the detainees and providing interrogators with the tools required to protect America's vital interests.
Amos N. Guiora is a professor of law at The S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah where he teaches Criminal Law, Global Perspectives on Counter-terrorism, Religion and Terrorism and National Security Law. In addition, Guiora incorporates innovative scenario-based instruction to address national and international security iss...
Title:Constitutional Limits on Coercive InterrogationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:110 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"One of the defining features of the post-9/11 environment in the United States is the extraordinary clash between our need to interrogate alleged terrorists about future threats and our need to maintain traditional U.S. values respecting the rule of law and the dignity of persons. InConstitutional Limits on Coercive Interrogation, Professor Guiora provides a lively, succinct, and penetrating discussion of how U.S. constitutional law should accommodate these needs, at both the theoretical and practical levels. His arguments for treating such detainees under a "hybrid paradigm,"in which they are neither like traditional criminals nor like prisoners of war, will likely spark considerable debate in the halls of government and academia, and may point the way forward in a crucial area of the law."--Sean Murphy, George Washington University School of Law