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law of war, national security law, War Council, JAGs, Alberto Gonzales, War on Terror, Geneva Convention, detainees, legal ethics


This is a response to - and reflection about - Judge Alberto Gonzales's essay in the Texas Tech Law Review entitled "Waging War Within the Constitution" 42 Tex. Tech. L. Rev. 843 (2010). It argues that national security law policy in an era of complex challenges is best designed when the expertise of the widest number of knowledgeable practictioners is brought to bear in a principled and fearless manner.

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Military courts, Alberto Gonzales, War (International law), Legal ethics, Geneva Conventions (1949 August 12), Detention of persons--United States, War on Terrorism 2001-2009, National security--Law and legislation