In light of the Boston bombing, Professor Susan Herman, president of the ACLU, argues in U.S. News & World Report against detaining an American citizen suspected of committing a crime within the United States as an enemy combatant. Such detention is “illegal, unconstitutional, unnecessary and unsettling,” according to Professor Herman—especially when federal investigators and prosecutors, with local assistance, are showing themselves to be “fully capable” of handling the case. “If what we think we know about Tsarnaev turns out to be true,” she writes, “it should be easy enough for the government to amass sufficient evidence to convict him of serious crimes many times over without warping our justice system.”
Professor Herman was also recently awarded the 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for her book Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy. The Palmer Prize honors an outstanding work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.
Read the full article in U.S. News & World Report.
Read more about Professor Herman’s award.