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" Detention and Denial is a clear account of what's wrong with American detention policy. Benjamin Wittes has been speaking clearly about detention, a subject many policymakers and political leaders have not wanted to address. This brief volume brings it all together. Wittes offers a compelling argument about what our failure to act means for our own nation's security. Those wanting to learn more about Guantánamo and the law of counterterrorism should read this book."—U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R.-South Carolina)



"As always, Benjamin Wittes brings pragmatism and a refreshing honesty to a subject which is usually wrapped in layers of ideology, obfuscation, and deceit."—Anne Applebaum, Washington Post



"For the past decade, Ben Wittes has been one of America's most serious and perceptive students of the intersection between law and counterterrorism. Detention and Denial is a balanced, tough-minded appraisal of what needs to be done to transform our ad hoc detention policy into a sustainable architecture that accommodates security imperatives and the rule of law. This should be on the top of the reading list for all three branches of government."—Michael Chertoff, former U.S. secretary of homeland security



"[Wittes outlines] with clarity and brevity the current state of preventive detention and why a considered position must be taken in relation to its future, rather than continuing the present approach of lurching from legal crisis to legal crisis."—Law and Politics Book Review

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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.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815704917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815704911
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Simon on April 3, 2011
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This is the book to buy: it explains like no one else why Congress must deal with the issue of detention, meaning Guantánamo, instead of wishing the issue would quietly disappear.
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