Serial War Crimes in Response to Terrorism Can Pose Threats to National Security

22 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2009  

Jordan J. Paust

University of Houston Law Center

Date Written: September 9, 2009

Abstract

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

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

Jordan J. Paust (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

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Houston, TX 77204-6060
United States

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