Congress and the War on Terror
Making Policy for the Long War
More than 3,000 people died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, inciting the War on Terror that has lasted over 15 years and involved military action in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.
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As the U.S. government continues the battle against terrorism, Congress—representatives of the people—must develop long-term policies that provide for national security and protect the civil liberties of the American people.
Much of the conversation surrounding the War on Terror focuses on presidential power and responses to the president's exercising that power. Often overlooked or downplayed is the role of Congress in directing the outcome of the war. This book illustrates how Congress—in conjunction with the president and the judiciary—has played a key role in laying the foundation for many post-9/11 policies in areas such as surveillance and detention.
Instead of arguing that Congress is incapable of making successful counterterrorism policy, Congress and the War on Terror objectively examines what Congress has done in the past to suggest what action may be needed in the future. Covering controversial topics including torture, interrogation, drones, and military tribunals, it shows that only understanding previous decisions will enable Americans to determine what role Congress should play as the United States fights terror.
- Chronicles congressional policymaking in the War on Terror, notes its successes and failures, and provides recommendations to improve the congressional role in the US's fight against terror
- Includes up-to-date examples of post-9/11 issues such as military tribunals and electronic surveillance
- Focuses on how Congress handles conflict related to the important issue of War on Terror policymaking
- Explores whether Congress can serve as the voice of the American people in debating the balance between national security and civil liberties
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"Darren A. Wheeler's carefully researched and fluidly written book makes the claim that our counter terrorism policy has been developed by all three of the branches of government working together. He gives a boost to my confidence that we may be returning to the regular-order process in the development of American foreign policy that enabled us to become a respected world leader."
"With close and insightful analysis, Darren A. Wheeler covers the post-9/11 period on such issues as electronic surveillance, interrogation of detainees, torture, military tribunals, efforts to close Guantánamo, and the use of armed drones. Although the Supreme Court from the 1936 Curtiss-Wright case forward regularly endorsed independent presidential power in external affairs, in four decisions after 9/11 the Court from Rasul to Boumedience placed important limits on the executive authority by affirming the system of checks and balances."
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