Ad Policy

David Cole

Legal Affairs Correspondent

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


  • Jails and Prisons April 18, 2008

    Rehabilitation, Resurrected

    This year nearly 700,000 inmates in US prisons will be granted their freedom. And in a rare act of bipartisanship, a new law provides millions to rehabilitate them.

    David Cole

  • Law March 13, 2008

    The Torture Veto

    Bush has made history by being the first American President to use his veto power to preserve torture.

    David Cole

  • Law November 15, 2007

    Justice Delayed

    The government's case against Khader Hamide and Michel Shehadeh is closed. But did the US government learn anything about its wayward two-decade prosecution of Palestinian activists?

    David Cole

  • Armed Conflicts September 6, 2007

    Why We’re Losing the War on Terror

    Going on the offensive has only made us more vulnerable.

    David Cole and Jules Lobel

  • Covert Ops August 18, 2007

    The Real Lesson of the Padilla Conviction

    If it had followed the rule of law from the outset, the Bush Administration could have brought many terrorists to justice by now.

    David Cole

  • The stakes are higher now than ever. Get The Nation in your inbox.


  • Criminal Justice March 6, 2007

    ‘There Is No Law’

    It's now up to the Supreme Court or the Democratic Congress to overturn the Military Commissions Act and restore our right to habeas corpus.

    David Cole

  • Covert Ops January 25, 2007

    Hiding the Ball

    Bush's about-face on warrantless surveillance demonstrates what a difference a Democratic majority makes.

    David Cole

  • Law November 22, 2006

    An Immodest Proposal

    Modesty is a virtue, but rather than telling the courts to practice restraint, the Bush Administration should rein in its own abuses of power.

    David Cole

  • Law October 8, 2006

    Sanctioning Lawlessness

    What's more important to Congress: America's standing in the world and the rule of law, or partisan advantage in the midterm elections?

    David Cole

  • Politics September 8, 2006

    Knock on Wood

    The Bush Administration's illegitimate use of renditions, disappearances, torture and an illegal war has fostered the growth of a loose-knit global band of fanatics willing to do unspeakable violence against us.

    David Cole