The Terror Courts

  • by Jess Bravin
  • Narrated by Robin Bloodworth
  • 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Soon after the September 11 attacks in 2001, the United States captured hundreds of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan and around the world. By the following January the first of these prisoners arrived at the U.S. military's prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they were subject to President George W. Bush's executive order authorizing their trial by military commissions. Jess Bravin, the Wall Street Journal's Supreme Court correspondent, was there within days of the prison's opening, and has continued ever since to cover the U.S. effort to create a parallel justice system for enemy aliens. A maze of legal, political, and moral issues has stood in the way of justice - issues often raised by military prosecutors who found themselves torn between duty to the chain of command and their commitment to fundamental American values.
While much has been written about Guantanamo and brutal detention practices following 9/11, Bravin is the first to go inside the Pentagon's prosecution team to expose the real-world legal consequences of those policies. Bravin describes cases undermined by inadmissible evidence obtained through torture, clashes between military lawyers and administration appointees, and political interference in criminal prosecutions that would be shocking within the traditional civilian and military justice systems. With the Obama administration planning to try the alleged 9/11 conspirators at Guantanamo - and vindicate the legal experiment the Bush administration could barely get off the ground - The Terror Courts could not be more timely.

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superb fact filled book

Where does The Terror Courts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Brilliantly read, would have struggled to read it, but listening to it was easy. If you are curious about Guantanamo and what really happens, this is perfect gor uou.


What does Robin Bloodworth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His intonation, dynamic and style are genius. I listen in 30 min chunks and was never irritated by his voice or accent


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Hard yo do it in one sitting, you need time to digest the politics.


Any additional comments?

Brilliant!

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- jmj

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios