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David Cole

David Cole

Legal Affairs Correspondent

David Cole (@DavidColeGtown), The Nation's legal affairs correspondent, is the author, most recently, of The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (New Press).

Articles

News and Features

The drug war has been waged not only on traffickers and users but on liberty and equality.

Bush has now publicly admitted to signing off on the CIA's torture tactics. That seals the case against him.

An appeals court ruling that foreigners held at Bagram can't challenge their detention gives the military an easy way to avoid legal review: send all detainees to Afghanistan, no matter where they're captured.

David Cole on Dawn Johnsen, Greg Kaufmann on Stephen Friedman's windfall profits and Clarissa A. León on Islam Siddiqui, "pesticide pusher"

After 9/11, it's less controversial to kill a suspect in cold blood than to hold him in preventive detention.

Liz Cheney's witch hunt against lawyers who represented Guantánamo detainees is a new low.

Spain is leading the charge to criminally investigate US government officials over torture.

Adieu, Swank Filer!--II

Washington, D.C.

To try alleged 9/11 perpetrators without handing Al Qaeda a propaganda victory, the trial must be fair beyond question.

The Ninth Circuit rules that John Ashcroft can be held accountable for the "paradigm of prevention" that led to unlawful detainment of a US citizen.

Blogs

Affirmative action survives, for now, but the Court erects new hurdles for employment discrimination suits.
In a 6-2 decision, the Court prohibited the government from requiring organizations to espouse specific ideas in order to receive funding.
Somewhere along the way, we lost our bearings on the balance between privacy and security.
A stunning report by The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald reveals that the NSA has been tracking every call by Verizon business customers....
President Obama may not call the individual mandate a “tax”—but John Roberts does.
The Court gave the Obama administration near-total victory, striking down key parts of Arizona’s immigration law.
Today's decisions about sex, drugs, and union speech may offer clues about next week's decision on healthcare.
What’s next for the Defense of Marriage Act?