"Paust's work encourages anti-terrorism initiatives to be implemented in the name of the law and not against the law. His work also ensures that those engaged in the struggle against terrorist atrocity sacrifice neither their dignity nor humanity."
-Mark A. Drumbl, The European Journal of International Law
"This particular account conveniently assembles the best of the research, reality, and rhetoric that one could muster to fulfill the quintessential purposes of penning a durable account that is currently informative, and being likely destined to be the beacon for those who must live with the consequences."
-American Society of International Law
This book details violations of international law authorized by secret memos and orders of the Bush administration. In particular, it describes erroneous executive claims, illegal authorizations, interrogation tactics, and transfers and secret detentions. It provides the most thorough documentation of cases demonstrating that the president is bound by the laws of war; that decisions to detain persons, decide their status, and mistreat them are subject to judicial review, and that the commander-in-chief power is subject to restraints by Congress; and that the military commissions at GTMO have serious legal defects.