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Law's DetourJustice Displaced in the Bush Administration$
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Peter Margulies

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795590

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795590.001.0001

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(p.25) 2 Targeting Individuals and Groups

(p.25) 2 Targeting Individuals and Groups

(p.25) 2 Targeting Individuals and Groups
Law's Detour

Peter Margulies

NYU Press

This chapter examines the Bush administration's use of legal detours to target individuals and groups, including protesters, lawyers in the war on terror, and ordinary Americans. It first traces the history of the government's targeting of groups through fear, malice, or overzealous enforcement and goes on to discuss the Bush administration's response to 9/11 as part of its heightened immigration enforcement. It then considers the administration's policies on asylums and refugees, along with the different means that it employed to target individuals and groups, such as coercive interrogation, extraordinary rendition, and detention without due process. It also explores the administration's use of detours within the criminal justice system, starting with the detention of material witnesses. The chapter notes the vindictive stance of the Bush administration in targeting individuals, such as immigrants and foreign nationals.

Keywords:   legal detours, war on terror, 9/11, immigration, refugees, coercive interrogation, extraordinary rendition, detention, material witnesses, immigrants

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