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"Behind the Wire: An Update to Ending Secret Detentions." Human Rights First, March 2005.
The number of detention centers used for suspected terrorists is on the rise. This report assesses the nature and scope of the U.S. worldwide military and intelligence detention system. The report suggests that investigations by U.S. courts and the Pentagon have still failed to answer many of the most basic questions regarding U.S. military and intelligence detention systems (e.g. the location of such centers, how many individuals are held within them, on what legal basis they are held).

"Getting to Ground Truth: Investigating U.S. Abuses in the War on Terror." Human Rights First, September 2004.
This report focuses on detention and interrogations operations by the U.S. in the “war on terror.” It discusses the structural and particular failures of investigations into such operations. The report urges the creation of a comprehensive, independent commission to investigate and report on U.S. detention and interrogation practices in the “war on terror.”

"Human Rights and National Security: The Strategic Correlation" by William Burke-White. Harvard Human Rights Journal. Vol. 17. Spring 2004.
This article examines the correlation between state human rights violations and interstate aggression. The article suggests that states with good human rights records are less likely to engage in aggressive interstate conflict in the post-Cold War era and that those states which routinely violate the human rights of their own citizens are also those most likely to undertake aggressive war. The article considers potential causal explanations for the observed correlation and draws on democratic peace literature to propose an alternative “human rights peace” hypothesis.

“The Law of War on the War on Terror" by Kenneth Roth. Foreign Affairs. January/February 2004.

"Promoting Democracy and Fighting Terror" by Thomas Carothers. Foreign Affairs. January/February 2003.

“The Attack on Human Rights” by Michael Ignatieff. Foreign Affairs. November/December 2001.

All the Laws but One: Civil Liberties in Wartime by William H. Rehnquist. (Vintage Books, 1998)
The late Chief Justice provides an insightful account of the history of civil liberties during times of war and describes periods when presidents have suspended various laws due to national security concerns. Rehnquist illuminates several cases, such as Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus during the civil war and the internment of Japanese residents during World War II, to illustrate the manner in which the Supreme Court and the President have interpreted the Constitution during periods of national emergencies.



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