In The Terror Courts, Jess Bravin reveals the ills of the parallel justice system at Guantanamo. While the book provides a roster of villains - including what could only be called a gleeful evisceration of former chief prosecutor Robert Swann - there are heroes, too: men in uniform who were deeply uncomfortable about the direction the military commissions were taking. One of those people was Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Couch, who appears to have been a key source for the book. He worked on the 1998 Aviano case, in which a Marine pilot, about to end his tour, flew below regulation altitude and clipped a ski gondola in the Italian Alps, killing all 20 Europeans on board.
Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, has covered the Guantanamo military commissions since 2001. Bravin in his book demonstrates what happens when a government administration tries to justify unlawful means with laws that cannot support unjust means. Bush and Company and the current Obama administration have failed to bring justice to the families of 9/11 and the United States. 6 people found this helpful.
Jess Bravin, the Wall Street Journal’s Supreme Court correspondent, was there within days of the prison’s opening, and has continued ever since to cover the . effort to create a parallel justice system for enemy aliens. A maze of legal, political, and moral issues has stood in the way of justice-issues often raised by military prosecutors who found themselves torn between duty to the chain of command and their commitment to fundamental American values. While much has been written about Guantanamo and brutal detention practices following 9/11, Bravin is the first to go inside the Pentagon’s.
It tells the story of how The Bush administration envisioned military courts being a way of dispensing loose justice, but then also how highly ethical military lawyers worked to reject evidence based on torture. It's a great read, though disappointing how its common sense lessons don't penetrate more into the public consciousness.
His book, The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay, has just been published. JESS BRAVIN: Well, that’s right, because the commissions project, it was not something that arose because the Justice Department or the Defense Department or the CIA said, Gosh, we don’t know how we’re going to deal with, you know, this terrorist organization. We have-our justice system is incapable of handling it.
Officials called it "rough justice. Guantanamo would be al Qaeda's Nuremberg, the end of the line for perpetrators of monstrous crimes. Yet Guantanamo held no Mullah Omar, no Ayman al-Zawahiri, no Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda's high command somehow had evaded the campaign the Pentagon called Operation Enduring Freedom. A handful of real al Qaeda commanders would fall into American hands - Abdelrahim al-Nashiri, Ramzi Binalshibh, and the terrorist entrepreneur who conceived the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Bin Laden had gotten away. But they had his driver. Excerpted from The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay by Jess Bravin, to be published in February 2012 by Yale University Press.
In The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay, Mr. Bravin sets out to chronicle what he portrays as the legal equivalent of a war of choice, the from-scratch alternative justice system President George W. Bush created by fiat in November 2001 to deal with captured Qaeda suspects.
’ Guantanamo would be al Qaeda’s Nuremberg, the end of the line for perpetrators of monstrous crimes. Al Qaeda’s high command somehow had evaded the campaign the Pentagon called Operation Enduring Freedom. A handful of real al Qaeda commanders would fall into American hands-Abdelrahim al-Nashiri, Ramzi Binalshibh, and the terrorist entrepreneur who conceived the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay, by Jess Bravin. A Force: The Origins of British Deception During the Second World War, by Whitney T. Bendeck. The CIA preferred using the fed-eral prosecutors and judges in the Southern District of New York since they were experienced in handling the biggest terrorism cases while protecting classi-fied information without a single leak. 45) For rea-sons of their own, the State and Justice Departments were also not pleased with the decision.