By Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., Bill Harlow

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The explosive New York instances bestseller through the pioneer of the CIA’s hugely debatable “enhanced interrogation techniques”

Former leader of the CIA’s Counterterrorism middle, Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr., finds how, within the wake of September 11, government-approved challenging measures used on captured high-level al Qa’ida operatives derailed terrorist threats to the united states, contributed to the catch of Usama bin Ladin, and kept numerous American lives. that's, till preliminary aid gave strategy to shortsighted political correctness, leaving these chargeable for holding our kingdom second-guessed, hamstrung, and investigated. In impression, the U.S. has selected to willfully and unilaterally disarm itself within the battle on terror.

In Hard Measures, Rodriguez melds his interesting lifestyles tale with a reasoned, formerly untold, and convincing case for tough measures. totally disclosing explosive info of while and the way they have been used, and why those tools have been important, he bargains an extraordinary, insiders’ examine a subject matter that seizes public recognition and conjures up full of life debate.

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Congress, for example, has the power to declare war. Shouldn’t that provision require Congress’s pre-approval for military hostilities? The Senate gives its advice and consent to the making of treaties. Should that not give the Senate an equal say with the president as to making, interpreting, and terminating treaties? The Supremacy Clause makes treaties the laws of the land. Why shouldn’t all treaties take immediate effect as domestic law? The Treaty Clause provides the only explicit means for making international agreements.

17401p ——— Normal Pag PgEnds: TEX [24], (24) introduction • 25 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 the commander in chief and the power to declare war were expected to interact. History may provide a clue as to whether treaties were expected to take effect immediately as federal law or were to await subsequent implementation by Congress. There are several other reasons why, as G. Edward White has observed, we have witnessed a “turn to history” in foreign affairs scholarship and constitutional studies generally.

To better understand the historical context, we should look to the British constitution in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, state constitutions, and the Articles of Confederation. We should attempt to reconstruct what the British believed a declaration of war to be, and how this power was to be exercised; the Framers, after all, had been citizens of the British Empire for most of their lives. Examples of British warmaking suggest the processes, institutional relationships, and patterns of activity that the Framers understood would be created by adopting—or rejecting—British constitutional models.

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