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What to do with the suspected al Qaeda terrorists once they are captured? That's the thorny question and this book is well worth the listen. You won't find much analysis here. What the author does is lay out in step but step fashion how the Bush administration addressed this problem from a legal point of view, ultimately arriving at solutions which both skirted and manipulated the law to suit their own ideological viewpoint. The result: Guantanamo Bay, enhanced interrogations, end runs around the Geneva Convention, and constitutionally questionable military tribunals. If this sounds partisan it is somewhat tempered by the author's fine eye for inclusion of the arguments underlying the debates and decisions mixed with historical precedents. How do you prevent the next 9/11 while also trying to balance some semblance of due process and habeas corpus rights, all under the glare of a watchful public, political interests, and world opinion? You won't find solutions here; rather, each and very option seems so fraught with pitfalls that there is clearly no winning formula. This book is a fascinating look into the legal arguments and personalities that have brought us to where we are in the legal war on terrorists, all done with a deft hand for details and illustrated by the on the record case histories of the initial detainees, their stories, the prosecutors, defence counsels and trials. If I had one criticism is that the story almost exclusively deals with events prior to 2006 with only a much smaller portion devoted to events after but don't let this deter you.
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Where does The Terror Courts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Brilliantly read, would have struggled to read it, but listening to it was easy. If you are curious about Guantanamo and what really happens, this is perfect gor uou.
What does Robin Bloodworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
His intonation, dynamic and style are genius. I listen in 30 min chunks and was never irritated by his voice or accent
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Hard yo do it in one sitting, you need time to digest the politics.
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