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The National Security Court System: A Natural Evolution of Justice in an Age of Terror Hardcover – August 6, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0195379815 ISBN-10: 0195379810

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195379810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195379815
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,355,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The National Security Court System is a recommended read for anyone interested in getting a clear and concise juridical overview of the detainee dilemma and why the current juridical approaches will most likely continue to be ineffective. Although it remains a very highly politicized issue, Sulmasy presents his third way solution in a cogent, documented, and straight-forward manner, devoid of partisan rhetoric, and readily acknowledges the contribution others have made to its development."--American Review of Politics


"A solid argument...Summing Up: Recommended."--CHOICE


"Sulmasy has performed a tremendous service to those who truly seek to understand the history of military commissions and who want to understand fully the policy choices in front of us. One can only hope that someone with a hand in formulating policy will listen to him."--Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society's Practice Groups


"Sulmasy traces the evolution of military commissions in the United States and outlines a way forward after closing Guantanamo. His pragmatic approach explores merging military and civilian law into a hybrid system of justice for individuals captured in the struggle against global terrorism. This is a must read for understanding how the American justice system detoured into GITMO and where it might go from here in addressing real threats without undermining American values."--Sarah Sewall, Harvard University


"Sulmasy's pragmatic, nonpartisan, and results-focused study of the legal history of military commissions and their use, and his proposal for a national security court system, is a valuable addition to the debate surrounding these complex issues."--International Law and Politics


About the Author


Glenn Sulmasy is a National Security and Human Rights Fellow, Harvard University, and Professor of Law, Commander and Judge Advocate, U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

More About the Author

Glenn Sulmasy is a CAPTAIN and judge advocate in the U. S. Coast Guard. He is the Chair of the Law Faculty at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy where he serves as the permanent professor of law and teaches courses in constitutional law, international law and national security law. He writes and speaks widely on national security matters and is a frequent guest on National Public Radio (NPR) and other media outlets. Professor Sulmasy has written numerous law review pieces on constitutional law, national security law and the law of war. In particular, he has focused on the Guantanamo Bay detainees and has been the leading advocate for a third way to prosecute the al Qaeda terrorists - in a national security court system - but different from others suggestions, his is an presumptively adjudicatory system...one that tries everyone but under a distinct system of justice tailored for national security matters.

Professor Sulmasy is one of the leading voices on changes to how we legally approach national security matters and available for media interviews. The views he expresses are his personal ones, or his academic ones, and do not imply endorsement by any of the entities with which he is associated.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ross L. on May 1, 2014
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I was hoping for a completely unbiased presentation in Mr. Sulmasy's book. But there are several glaring examples that need to be pointed out. In his discussion about al-Qaeda detainees at Guantanamo, he fails to see the gray areas (that are prevalent in the law) and seems to see only black and white. His comment that "Through the successful efforts of the NGOs and lawyers representing the detainees, public sympathy began to shift toward the al-Qaeda (and Taliban) detainees." I believe that to be inaccurate. I believe the public sympathy was not for the detainees, but for the rule and letter of the law as well as the standing of the United States as a world leader that could be taken at its word ("We do not torture."). Furthermore, references are made to the media being at fault as well as the "liberalization" of the courts. This smacks more of partisan verbiage rather that the cold presentation of facts that should be the hallmark of a book like this. I will finish this book, as it is a subject that fascinates me, but I will be wary of how points are made.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Veronica on August 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolute must-read for every American. In a time of uncertainty and doubt, Glen Sulmasy challenges what we thought we knew about a hot topic, intelligently proposes new ideas, and never abandons his value system.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Thomas on July 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sulmasy takes the reader through this very complicated and relevant topic with care and respect. He makes a strong argument for an alternative national security court system with an emphasis on the human rights perspective. It was a facinating and timely read.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Sorenson on November 28, 2009
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Glenn Sulmasy does an excellent job providing the reader the necessary historical, political & legal background to understand the ramifications of what is happening within our legal system today with respect to the "War on Al Queda." I am not a lawyer and was a bit skeptical of the book when I first heard about it - I didn't want to be bogged down in legalese. However, I found CAPT Sulmasy's style very readable and he provides the right amount of background to help the reader grasp the significance of the topic. Anyone who wants to understand how President G.W. Bush left the country in the legal position it was in, or why President Obama's decision to allow Attorney General Holder to go forth with trying 9/11 terrorists in the Federal court system is so dangerous, needs to read this book.
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