David Cole

Legal Affairs Correspondent


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

Understanding Ashcroft Understanding Ashcroft

I am beginning to suspect that Nation readers may not fully appreciate the challenges Attorney General John Ashcroft faces. What would you do in his place? Your intelligence agenc...

Apr 18, 2002 / Editorial / David Cole

National Security State National Security State

Even stalwart liberals are knuckling under to the security state in the wake of September 11.

Nov 29, 2001 / Editorial / David Cole

A Matter of Rights A Matter of Rights

Nothing tests our commitment to principle like terrorism. Before September 11, America banned assassinations of foreign leaders; now the Administration is considering abandoning t...

Sep 20, 2001 / Editorial / David Cole

Scalia’s Kind of Privacy Scalia’s Kind of Privacy

One of the most surprising decisions of the Supreme Court term just concluded was Justice Antonin Scalia's ruling in favor of a criminal defendant who claimed that a thermal imagi...

Jul 12, 2001 / Editorial / David Cole

Death and Disparity Death and Disparity

To write a letter on behalf of Juan Raul Garza, as well as the other prisoners currently on state and federal death row, visit our Death Row Roll Call.

Jun 15, 2001 / Editorial / David Cole

Rainbow School Colors Rainbow School Colors

On March 27, a federal district court struck down the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action admissions plan, ruling that the school's interest in a diverse studen...

Mar 30, 2001 / Editorial / David Cole

Official Secrets Law Official Secrets Law

At the close of its session, Congress considered two bills addressing classified information. One had been pending for more than a year, had more than a hundred co-sponsors, was ...

Nov 2, 2000 / Editorial / David Cole

Hear No Evil, See No Evil Hear No Evil, See No Evil

To the Rehnquist Court, criminal justice is all too often a technical matter best left to the states.

Sep 25, 2000 / Feature / David Cole

The ‘Cuba Exception’ The ‘Cuba Exception’

The law governing the case of Elián González, the 6-year-old Cuban boy found clinging to an inner tube after his mother drowned on the way here from Cuba, could not...

Jan 20, 2000 / Editorial / David Cole