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Vol 23 No 1 Jan/Feb 2018

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Enemy Aliens

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David ColeProfessor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, USA

ISBN13: 9781565848009
ISBN: 1565848004
Published: June 2005
Publisher: The New Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £16.95

This publication explains how a series of extreme anti-terrorist reforms, which gave the American government the power to deport aliens for their political associations, to detain them without a hearing on the Attorney General's say-so and to try them in military tribunals where they have no right to a public trial, no right to a jury, no right to confront the evidence used against them, and no right to appeal to a court, endanger the liberty of everyone in America.;Cole argues that in times of crisis and fear Americans have often relied on double standards in the treatment of aliens that they would not tolerate if applied more broadly to them. Describing the treatment of immigrants as the precursor to the next American witch-hunt, Cole details how initiatives initially directed at immigrants have historically paved the way for broader restrictions on US citizen's civil liberties. Using broad historical examples of his own theme (the Japanese internment during World War II), as well as his own experience litigating constitutional rights cases on behalf of immigrants, Cole also addresses the ways in which such policies reflect the democratic character of the nation.

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