Zones of Twilight Wartime Presidential Powers and Federal Court Decision Making

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  • Copyright: 2009-12-22
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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The Bill of Rights was designed to protect the American public from encroachments of liberty by the federal government. During times of war, the president often spearheads efforts to limit rights in the name of national security. When these cases make their way through the federal courts system, it is expected that the judiciary would use rights-based language in their adjudication of cases dealing with such rights-based claims. Zones of Twilight shows that the courts actually use the separation of powers to decide these cases. In other words, the courts look to see if Congress has authorized the president to limit the liberties in question. More often than not, if Congress is on board, so are the federal courts. Although the common conception is that the courts give the presidents a blank check during war, it is in fact Congress that has received that blank check.

Author Biography

Amanda DiPaolo is assistant professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Guiding War Powers Judicial Decision Makingp. 19
Military Detentionsp. 45
Warrantless Electronic Surveillancep. 87
Economic Property Rightsp. 127
Free Speechp. 161
Conclusionp. 199
Casesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 243
About the Authorp. 249
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