Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-224) and index.
Should the president have the power to order torture? Enhanced interrogation helps keep America safe / Richard B. Cheney -- Torture does not make America safer / Alfred W. McCoy -- Executive decisions about torture are morally ambiguous / Ross Douthat -- Executive use of torture shows an unambiguous contempt for the law / Glenn Greenwald -- Torture is sometimes justified / Jonah Goldberg -- Even though torture may be justified sometimes, it should always be illegal / Oren Gross -- How much power should the president have to operate in secret? The state secrets privilege is necessary / Claudio Ochoa -- State secrets privilege is dangerous / Henry Lanman -- Warrantless wiretapping is necessary and legal / Andrew C. McCarthy -- Warrantless wiretapping is illegal and unconstitutional / Russell Feingold -- To what extent should the president be constrained by domestic law? Signing statements are reasonable in some cases / David Barron ... [et al.] -- President should not use signing statements / Robert Justin Lipkin -- Congress should expand executive powers to detain and try suspects / Jeffrey Addicott -- Congress should limit executive powers to detain and try suspects / Arlen Specter -- Is the president bound by international law? The president is not bound by the Geneva Conventions in dealing with terrorists / Jay Bybee -- President is bound by the Geneva Conventions in wartime / Derek Jinks and David Sloss -- Extraordinary rendition violates international law / Sangitha McKenzie Millar -- Rendition does not violate international law / Niles Gardiner and James Jay Carafano -- President should be held accountable by international courts / Jan Frel -- President should not be answerable to international law / Andrew C. McCarthy.
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This volume explores the topics relating to the political powers of the United States' President by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that comprise these issues. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. Allows the reader to attain the higher-level critical thinking and reading skills that are essential in a culture of diverse and contradictory opinions.