Goldsmith in Slate: The president’s campaign against Libya is constitutional

In a recent op-ed in Slate, Professor Jack Goldsmith makes the case for why President Obama’s campaign of air and sea strikes against Libya is constitutional.  Goldsmith says that while he agrees with “many of the arguments from critics of the intervention that  President Obama acted imprudently in committing American forces to a conflict with an ill-defined national security justification,”  he does not believe that the military action is unconstitutional. Goldsmith’s op-ed, “War Power,” appeared in the March 21, 2011 edition of Slate. A former assistant attorney general in the Bush Administration, Goldsmith is the author of “The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgement Inside the Bush Administration” (New York : W.W. Norton & Company 2007).

Goldsmith in The Washington Post: Ghailani verdict makes stronger case for military detentions

Harvard Law School Professor Jack Goldsmith co-wrote an op-ed with Benjamin Wittes for the Nov. 19, 2010 edition of The Washington Post titled “Ghailani verdict makes stronger case for military detentions.” The piece addresses debate over the Obama administration’s policy to try former Guantanamo detainees in civilian court.

Goldsmith in the Washington Post: Our nation’s secrets, stuck in a broken system

Harvard Law School Professor Jack Goldsmith wrote an op-ed for the Oct. 21, 2010 edition of the Washington Post titled “Our nation’s secrets, stuck in a broken system.” The piece addresses Bob Woodward’s book, “Obama Wars,” in which ostensibly classified information – presumably obtained from senior White House officials – is disclosed regardless of the “grave damage” that could result from its release.  

Goldsmith in Washington Post: A way past the terrorist detention gridlock

Nine years after Sept. 11 and 20 months into the Obama presidency, our nation is still flummoxed about what to do with captured terrorists, writes HLS Professor Jack Goldsmith in an op-ed in today’s Washington Post. In his op-ed, “A way past the terrorist detention gridlock,” Goldsmith says that while there is no “silver bullet” for this problem, there are several steps the administration could take toward resolution. 

Hearsay: Short takes from faculty articles and op-eds – Summer 2009

Internet Arms Race Illustrations by Gracia Lam Professor John Palfrey ’01 MIT Technology Review May/June 2009 “In less democratic societies, sophisticated use of the Internet is limited to the few and the elite. Too often, using these tools puts activists at risk of greater control by the state, through surveillance, censorship, and imprisonment. Political leaders […]

Hearsay: Short takes from faculty op-eds Summer 2010

A Measure of History Professor Kenneth W. Mack ’91 The Boston Globe March 25, 2010 “In recent weeks, the Obama administration … sought to mobilize supporters around the country, after months in which that kind of improvisational, decentralized energy seemed more in possession of the opponents of social reform legislation than of its supporters. “To […]