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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).

  • 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

  • February 23, 2006



    New York City

    David Cole and Our Readers

  • Law February 2, 2006

    NSA Spying Myths

    The Bush Administration has propagated five myths in its current campaign to rationalize its illegal domestic spying program.

    David Cole

  • Political Figures December 21, 2005

    The Emperor’s Powers

    The Bush Administration believes it can ignore the rule of law--in pursuit of torture, Pentagon surveillance of antiwar groups and now, domestic spying. We must continue to insist that in a democracy, the rule of law cannot be ignored.

    David Cole

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  • Criminal Justice December 1, 2005

    Post-9/11 Shell Game

    José Padilla will never be charged, and never have his day in court.

    David Cole

  • Covert Ops November 3, 2005

    Intolerable Cruelty

    If the US is to prevail in the war on terror, we must do it by distinguishing ourselves from the enemy. Torture and degrading treatment are as morally evil as terrorism, because they brutally disregard the value of human life.

    David Cole

  • Criminal Justice October 6, 2005

    Blank Check for Bush?

    Recent rulings upholding the right of the executive branch to jail and try terror suspects in military tribunals raise questions about whether the judiciary can keep presidential powers in check. Will a realigned Supreme Court give Bush a blank check to rise above the law?

    David Cole

  • June 16, 2005

  • Immigration Policy May 12, 2005

    The Missing Patriot Debate

    The case for a human rights-based opposition to the Patriot Act.

    David Cole