22 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2009
Date Written: September 9, 2009
This essay documents potential short and long-term consequences with respect to Bush Administration violations of the laws of war and human rights law. These can involve placing perpetrators and complicitors in harm’s way; mission failure; aid to the enemy; and deflation of U.S. authority, law, and power. Unlawful responses to terrorism and a lawless executive branch do not serve U.S. national security interests.
Keywords: aid to enemy, Bush, CIA, civil liability, complicity, Convention Against Torture, criminal liability, extradition, human rights, intelligence, interrogation, law of war, national security, terrorism, torture, war crime, mental harm
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Paust, Jordan J., Serial War Crimes in Response to Terrorism Can Pose Threats to National Security (September 9, 2009). William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 35, 2009; U of Houston Law Center No. 2009-A-21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1470945