David Cole

Legal Affairs Correspondent


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

Guantánamo Gulag Guantánamo Gulag

Whatever happened to the "worst of the worst"?

May 22, 2003 / David Cole

Driving While Immigrant Driving While Immigrant

Emboldened by the "success" of its preventive war in Iraq, the Bush Administration appears to be expanding its preventive law-enforcement strategy at home.

Apr 24, 2003 / David Cole

Lawyers Keep Out Lawyers Keep Out

Because September 11 "changed everything," it hasn't always been easy to find an objective yardstick by which to judge the Bush Administration's tactics in the "war on terroris...

Apr 3, 2003 / David Cole

Shocks to the Constitution Shocks to the Constitution

Spring officially began on Thursday, March 20, but the first real spring day in Washington was Saturday, a blindingly sunny day, flowers just beginning to peek out, the Nationa...

Mar 27, 2003 / David Cole

Patriot Act’s Big Brother Patriot Act’s Big Brother

In early February, the Center for Public Integrity disclosed a leaked draft of the Bush Administration's next round in the war on terrorism--the Domestic Security Enhancement A...

Feb 27, 2003 / David Cole

Blind Sweeps Return Blind Sweeps Return

They say history repeats itself. But usually not quite so quickly.

Dec 23, 2002 / David Cole

Ashcroft, Unabashed Ashcroft, Unabashed

There you go again, Mr. Ashcroft.

Oct 10, 2002 / David Cole

Enemy Aliens and American Freedoms Enemy Aliens and American Freedoms

Rights lost by some will one day be lost by all.

Sep 5, 2002 / Feature / David Cole

Leash the FBI Leash the FBI

The FBI has come under harsh criticism in recent weeks for its failure to act on information that might have enabled it to thwart the September 11 attacks. Rather than deny the cr...

Jun 6, 2002 / David Cole

Operation Enduring Liberty Operation Enduring Liberty

As the shock of September 11 fades, courts are standing up for civil liberties.

May 16, 2002 / Feature / David Cole