David Cole

Legal Affairs Correspondent


David Cole is The Nation’s legal affairs correspondent, and national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Letters Letters


Feb 23, 2006 / Letters / David Cole and Our Readers

NSA Spying Myths NSA Spying Myths

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

Feb 2, 2006 / Editorial / David Cole

The Emperor’s Powers 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 ...

Dec 21, 2005 / Editorial / David Cole

Post-9/11 Shell Game Post-9/11 Shell Game

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

Dec 1, 2005 / Editorial / David Cole

Intolerable Cruelty 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 th...

Nov 3, 2005 / Editorial / David Cole

Blank Check for Bush? 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 p...

Oct 6, 2005 / Editorial / David Cole

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Jun 16, 2005 / Letters / David Cole and Our Readers

The Missing Patriot Debate The Missing Patriot Debate

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

May 12, 2005 / Feature / David Cole

Accounting for Torture Accounting for Torture

As an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, David Cole represents Maher Arar and Ahmed Abu Ali in their civil cases against the government.

Mar 3, 2005 / Editorial / David Cole

The Lynne Stewart Trial The Lynne Stewart Trial

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Feb 17, 2005 / Editorial / David Cole