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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).

  • 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

  • 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

  • Law July 14, 2006

    The ‘Kennedy Court’

    By casting the decisive vote in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and other contentious disputes, Justice Anthony Kennedy plays a crucial role in a Supreme Court that may soon veer off in an extreme rightward direction.

    David Cole

  • Society April 27, 2006

    Lost in Translation

    Good translators speak for others, not for themselves. So why is a translator for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman being prosecuted as a co-conspirator?

    David Cole

  • Campaigns and Elections March 16, 2006

    Patriot Act Post-Mortem

    The failure of a complaisant, Republican-controlled Congress to enact meaningful changes to the Patriot Act means that midterm elections are the only true path to reform.

    David Cole

  • Law February 23, 2006

    Tortured Exceptionalism

    Despite a recent federal district court ruling, the prohibition on torture knows no geographical boundaries and applies to all, no matter what passport they hold--even Americans.

    David Cole