By Peter Margulies
From the Justice Department’s memos protecting coerced interrogation to Alberto Gonzales’ firing of U.S. legal professionals who didn't healthy the Bush Administration’s political wishes, Law’s Detour paints an alarming photo of the numerous detours that George W. Bush and his allies created to thwart transparency and undermine the guideline of legislations after September eleven, 2001. Pursuing these detours, Bush officers organize a law-free quarter at Guantánamo, ordered enormous immigration raids that separated households, and screened applicants for civil carrier jobs to make sure the hiring of “real Americans.”
While govt wishes flexibility to handle actual hazards to nationwide security—which definitely exist within the post-9/11 world—the Bush Administration’s use of detours distracted the govt. from pressing priorities, tarnished America’s acceptance, and threatened balloting and civil rights. during this finished research of Bush officers’ efforts to stretch and pressure the justice procedure, Peter Margulies canvasses the prices of the Administration’s many detours, from resisting responsibility within the battle on terrorism to thwarting financial and environmental rules. Concise and entire of compelling anecdotes, Law’s Detour maps those aberrations, surveys the wear performed, and reaffirms the virtues of transparency and conversation that the Bush management dismissed.
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