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David Cole

Legal Affairs Correspondent

David Cole, legal affairs correspondent for The Nation and a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, is the author, most recently, of Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law (April 2016).


  • Election 2004 October 28, 2004

    Taking Liberties

    As I write, several days before the election, Congress's last-minute effort to enact the 9/11 Commission's recommendations appears to have stalled, largely because of disagreement over the scope

    David Cole

  • Political Figures September 16, 2004

    Taking Liberties

    On September 2 a federal judge in Detroit threw out the only jury conviction the Justice Department has obtained on a terrorism charge since 9/11.

    David Cole

  • Corporations July 13, 2004

    My First (and Last) Time With Bill O’Reilly

    How bias works on The O'Reilly Factor.

    David Cole

  • Law July 1, 2004

    No Blank Check

    "A state of war is not a blank check for the President." The Bush Administration's claims "would turn our system of checks and balances on its head." "If civil rights are to be curtailed during w

    David Cole

  • Covert Ops June 10, 2004

    Outlaws on Torture

    The "war on terrorism" is in trouble, and at the very moment the Bush Administration needs it most--election season. George W.

    David Cole

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  • June 2, 2004

  • Criminal Justice April 22, 2004

    Taking Liberties

    On April 20, Solicitor General Ted Olson told the Supreme Court that the federal courts could not question the indefinite detention of "enemy combatants" held at Guantánamo Bay because as

    David Cole

  • Law April 15, 2004

    Taking Liberties

    When the Supreme Court hears oral argument April 20 on the cases challenging the legality of the detentions at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, it will confront the most dramatic conflict betwe

    David Cole

  • National Security March 25, 2004

    Taking Liberties

    To all the arguments lodged against gay marriage, add this one--it's a matter of national security.

    David Cole

  • Activism February 12, 2004

    Taking Liberties

    On February 3 a law enforcement official working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Des Moines served a subpoena on Drake University seeking records on its student chapter of the National Law

    David Cole