Detention and Denial: The Case for Candor after Guant�namo

Wittes, Benjamin

Published by Brookings Institution Press
ISBN 10: 0815704917 / ISBN 13: 9780815704911
Used / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

Signed Copy . Very Good dust jacket. Signed by author on title page. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
4.12 avg rating
(8 ratings)

Synopsis:

"Our current stalemate over detention serves nobody—not the military or any other component of the U.S. government that has to operate overseas.... It is a system that no rational combination of values or strategic considerations would have produced; it could have emerged only as a consequence of a clash of interests that produced a clear victory for nobody."—from the Introduction

Benjamin Wittes issues a persuasive call for greater coherence, clarity, and public candor from the American government regarding its detention policy and practices, and greater citizen awareness of the same. In Detention and Denial, he illustrates how U.S. detention policy is a tangle of obfuscation rather than a serious set of moral and legal decisions. Far from sharpening focus and defining clear parameters for action, it sends mixed signals, muddies the legal and military waters, and produces perverse incentives. Its random operation makes a mockery of the human rights concerns that prompted the limited amount of legal scrutiny that detention has received to date. The government may actually be painting itself into a corner, leaving itself unable to explain or justify actions it may need to take in the future. The situation is unsustainable and must be addressed.

Preventive detention is a touchy subject, an easy target for eager-to-please candidates and indignant media, so public officials remain largely mum on the issue. Many Americans would be surprised to learn that no broad principle in American jurisprudence actually prohibits preventive detention; rather, the law "eschews it except when legislatures and courts deem it necessary to prevent grave public harm." But the habeas corpus legal cases that have come out of the Guantánamo Bay detentionfacility—which remains open, despite popular expectations to the contrary—have addressed only a small slice of the overall issue and have not—and will not—produce a coherent body of policy.

U.S. government and security forces need clear and consistent application of their detention policies, and Americans must be better informed about them. To that end, Wittes critiques America's current muddled detention policies and sets forth a detention policy based on candor. It would set clear rules and distinguish several types of detention, based on characteristics of the detainees themselves rather than where they were captured. Congress would follow steps to "devise a coherent policy to regulate the U.S. system of detention, a system that the country cannot avoid developing."

About the Author:

Benjamin Wittes is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He cofounded and is the editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog and is a member of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on National Security and Law. He is coeditor with Jeffrey Rosen of Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change (2011), and editor of Campaign 2012: Twelve Independent Ideas for Improving American Public Policy (2012), both published by Brookings.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Detention and Denial: The Case for Candor ...
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Book Condition: Very Good

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Wittes, Benjamin
Published by Brookings Institution Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0815704917 ISBN 13: 9780815704911
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
HPB-Ruby
(Dallas, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Seller Inventory # S_203446289

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 9.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Benjamin Wittes
Published by Brookings Institution Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0815704917 ISBN 13: 9780815704911
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Strand Book Store, ABAA
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: Good. This book issues a persuasive call for greater coherence, clarity, & public candor from the American government regarding its detention policy & practices, & greater citizen awareness of the same. It illustrates how U.S. detention policy is a tangle of obfuscation rather than a serious set of moral & legal decisions. Far from sharpening focus & defining clear parameters for action, it sends mixed signals, muddies the legal & military waters, & produces perverse incentives. Its random operation makes a mockery of the human rights concerns that prompted the limited amount of legal scrutiny that detention has received to date. The government may actually be painting itself into a corner, leaving itself unable to explain or justify actions it may need to take in the future. The situation is unsustainable & must be addressed. Seller Inventory # 2719268

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 11.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Wittes, Benjamin
ISBN 10: 0815704917 ISBN 13: 9780815704911
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 7
Seller:
Books-FYI, Inc.
(Cadiz, KY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 23MA3O00ASFY

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Mr. Benjamin Wittes
Published by Brookings Institution Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0815704917 ISBN 13: 9780815704911
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0815704917

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 24.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Benjamin Wittes
Published by Brookings Institution Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0815704917 ISBN 13: 9780815704911
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0815704917

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 39.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Benjamin Wittes
Published by Brookings Institution Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0815704917 ISBN 13: 9780815704911
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0815704917

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Benjamin Wittes
Published by Brookings Institution Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0815704917 ISBN 13: 9780815704911
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GlassFrogBooks
(Minden, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0815704917-2-4

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 50.24
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Wittes, Benjamin
Published by Brookings Institution Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0815704917 ISBN 13: 9780815704911
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020815704917

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 48.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Wittes, Benjamin
Published by Brookings Institution Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0815704917 ISBN 13: 9780815704911
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110815704917

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 53.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Wittes, Benjamin
Published by Brookings Institution Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0815704917 ISBN 13: 9780815704911
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Seller Inventory # P010815704917

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 53.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are 1 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book