Friday, March 12, 2010

Torture and America's War on Terror

Torture and America’s War on Terror

Emmitsburg, MD - Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, and Mount Saint Mary’s Departments of History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology are proud to present: David Cole - Accounting for Torture: The Legacy of the CIA's "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques"

Where: A public lecture: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at 7 pm at the Knott Auditorium – Mount St. Mary’s University.

David Cole is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, a volunteer staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and a commentator on the PBS NewsHour, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

He is the author of six books. Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror, published in 2007, won the Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for best book on national security and civil liberties. Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism, received the American Book Award in 2004. No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System was named Best Non-Fiction Book of 1999 by the Boston Book Review and best book on an issue of national policy in 1999 by the American Political Science Association. His most recent book is The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable, published by The New Press in September 2009.

Professor Cole has litigated many significant constitutional cases, including Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman, which extended First Amendment protection to flagburning; National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, which challenged political content restriction on NEA funding; and Massachusetts v. Sullivan, which challenged restrictions on what federally funded family planning centers could tell women about abortion. Since 9/11, he has been involved in many of the nation’s most important cases involving civil liberties and national security.

He has received numerous awards for his human rights work, including honors from the Society of American Law Teachers, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU of Southern California, the ABA Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Mount St. Mary's University Sociology Department - Martin Malone at 301-447-5820, extension 4833 or at malone@msmary.edu.
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