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Justice After Bush: Should Former Administration Officials be Prosecuted? A Public Forum on
Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 4:30 PM, Computer Science 104, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
After September 11, the Bush Administration engaged in legally questionable actions, from the detention and apparent torture of terrorist suspects to the warrantless wiretapping of domestic phones. The underlying policies – and the allegations that they were illegal – have presented the new administration with complex questions of law and challenges of policy. A growing number of influential commentators and congressional leaders are now calling for investigations and possibly criminal prosecutions of Bush Administration officials who played a role in these activities. In this panel, a politically diverse group of speakers will consider what should happen to these allegations of illegality, as the country seeks “justice after Bush.”
István Déak, Seth Low Professor Emeritus at Columbia University
Charles Fried, Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Scott Horton, Contributing Editor at Harper’s Magazine and author of the December cover story “Justice After Bush”
Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Deborah Pearlstein, Associate Research Scholar in the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton, who will moderate the panel.
The event is open to the public.
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Years ago, I lived in Montana, a land of purple sunsets, clear streams, and snowflakes the size of silver dollars drifting through the cold air. There were no speed limits and you could legally drive drunk. My small apartment in Missoula had little privacy. In order to write, I rented an off-season fishing cabin on Rock Creek, a one-room place with a bed and a bureau. I lacked the budget for a desk. My idea was to remove a sliding door from a closet in my apartment and place it over a couple of hastily cobbled-together sawhorses.
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Canadian doctors saved a baby from drowning in his own drool by using Botox on his salivary glands.
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