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Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Hardcover – January 10, 2012
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Kirkus, October 10, 2011
“A controversial intervention into the ongoing political and legal argument about whether and how to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his co-conspirators for their role in the 9/11 attack… Shawcross (The Queen Mother: The Official Biography, 2009, etc.) takes a no-holds-barred approach to the issues involved in putting the alleged perpetrators of 9/11 on trial for their crimes… Sure to cause further heated debate on the Mohammed situation and other similar scenarios.”
“[Shawcross] has written the best book yet on the dilemmas Western governments face in dealing with Islamic terrorists…Shawcross writes carefully, without bluster and exaggeration, and the effect is a damning indictment of much of the popular rhetoric of the decade after 9/11 that insisted we had no legal or moral right to deal with al Qaeda kingpins as we had in the past with other such terrorists and criminals.”
Booklist, December 1, 2011
“Shawcross here addresses the timely and thorny question of how best to prosecute international terrorists… Those seeking a more policy-focused review of recent developments should start with this work.”
“Brief but immensely useful.”
“[Shawcross] returns to the political fray with a vital contribution to the ongoing debate over how Western democracies should deal with terrorists… This subject, and book, will be controversial. But it will also be of increasing relevance in the years ahead. Shawcross's work distinguishes itself not just by taking on a subject most other writers have shied away from but by reaching answers. It should be read by policy-makers and public alike.
“Thoughtful, challenging and deeply depressing… [Shawcross] argues a compelling case… This book is lucidly argued, well informed and exceptionally well written”
“Shawcross is a voice worth listening to in today's tongue-biting culture because he is not frightened to call things by their proper names… Readers who rely on the liberal media for their opinions should seek out a copy of Justice and the Enemy. Opinions that are never tested are mere prejudices, and Shawcross presents a sober account of debates you are unlikely to hear.”
“A distinguished journalist, Shawcross brings a strong dose of common sense to the fevered debate over what constitutes due process and proper treatment for those now waging an unconventional war against the West.”
“There is no mistaking Shawcross’s passionate belief that, through such vacillations, the west is paralyzing itself in the face of a ruthless and very focused enemy. But he also fully acknowledges the sharp dilemmas in trying to reconcile justice and security. Both he and Lipstadt, indeed, restrain their obvious emotions to write fairly and judiciously about one of the greatest questions of our times – how a society should respond to immense evil without, on the one hand, compromising its principles or on the other committing national suicide.”
“British journalist William Shawcross tries to find some legal and moral clarity on the subject by reexamining the trials of Nazi leaders after World War II…It's with sympathy for Bush and censure for Obama that Shawcross looks back more than six decades to his father's Nuremberg colleague, Robert Jackson, for lessons on how war criminals should be tried.”
“The book provides a spirited defence of the notion that the US is locked into a ‘war’ with the soldiers of international terror and is entitled to kill them as ‘enemy combatants’ wherever they can be found, or else to put them on trial before a jury of US soldiers.”
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Shawcross discusses al-Qaida and its sympathizers (like Major Nidal) in blunt terms, but he does not give the Bush administration a pass either when it comes to the prosecution of the captured enemy non-combatants. Shawcross provides information conveniently neglected by the mainstream media when it comes to so-called torture of detaines and their treatment at Guantanamo Bay, not to mention the amnesia they have when it comes to KSM not only admitting to his role in 9/11 but bragging about it. Shawcross pulls no punches when he talks about the ACLU and CCR involvement with defending detainees. Everyone deserves legal counsel, but not slobbering liberal lawyers like Lynne Stewart, who assisted the Blind Sheikh involved in the First World Trade Center Bombing in getting instructions to his terrorist cohorts on the outside. To be honest, it sickens me to see Cheryl Bormann, a U.S. attorney who enjoys equal rights afforded to American women, wearing a hijab for the PRIVILEGE of defending this scum.
We are fighting a war. As Justice Jackson (who is quoted in this book) pointed out, in wartime enem access to the courts cannot be used to their strategic advantage.Read more ›
eminently qualified on the subject was interesting
and timely considering the evil that exists, and
is growing, in today's world.
Shawcross, a British journalist and the son of Britain's lead prosecutor at Nuremberg, provides precedents for a military commission for trying imprisoned senior Al Qaeda plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM). In today's complicated world the trial of the 9/11 mastermind and admitted murderer of American journalist Daniel Pearl raises issues-- logistical, legal, and ethical--emblematic of the challenge posed to all nations and the international community.
Shawcross elegantly considers the issues surrounding the pending trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and asks: How does society deal lawfully with the lawless?
Since the Nuremberg Trials, lawful nations have struggled to impose justice around the world, especially when confronted by tyrannical and genocidal regimes. But in Cambodia, the USSR, China, Bosnia, Rwanda, and beyond, justice has been served haltingly if at all in the face of colossal inhumanity. International Courts are not recognized worldwide. There is not a global consensus on how to punish transgressors.
Shawcross ponders a federal trial which would reward a confessed war criminal like KSM the rights of a U.S. citizen to which he is not entitled. Or would a military tribunal be appropriate -- legally, militarily, or morally? On pages 65-70 Shawcross discusses the 1942 secret military tribunal convened by President Franklin D.Read more ›