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Andrew O’Hagan: Jeffrey Epstein’s Little Black Book

15 August 2019
... his friends. Twelve years ago, in an operation lasting 14 months – Operation Leap Year – the FBI found evidence of 34 underage girls solicited by Epstein, but the billionaire’s lawyers, led by AlanDershowitz, argued that ‘Mr Epstein never targeted minors.’ According to a recent New Yorker profile of Dershowitz, the deal he successfully struck with prosecutors in Miami, which allowed ...

Diary

Peter Craven: On the Demidenko Affair

16 November 1995
... proved to be false within a matter of days. There was also a certain black comedy in the fact that the girl who had lied about being a lawyer should be attacked two days later, in the same papers, by AlanDershowitz, the Harvard professor of law, who happened to be visiting Australia. I met Jill Kitson on the morning his article was published. ‘Now we’ve been attacked by a man called Dershowitz ...

Give me the man

Stephen Holmes: The pursuit of Clinton

18 March 1999
Sexual McCarthyism: Clinton, Starr and the Emerging Constitutional Crisis 
by Alan Dershowitz.
Basic Books, 275 pp., £15.95, January 1999, 0 465 01628 6
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The Case against Lameduck Impeachment 
by Bruce Ackerman.
Seven Stories, 80 pp., $8, February 1999, 1 58322 004 6
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... of the Wall Street Journal seem to hate Clinton so much. Having supported free trade, installed Goldman Sachs’s Robert Rubin to preside over the American economy, and retained and deferred to Alan Greenspan, Clinton has obviously been a good President for the business community. Indeed, he’s been so pro-business that he could not be successfully attacked by Republicans for his economic ...

Are we in a war? Do we have an enemy?

Slavoj Žižek: Love Thy Neighbour

23 May 2002
... Secondly, what is new about this idea? The CIA has been instructing its Latin American and Third World military allies in the practice of torture for decades. Even the ‘liberal’ argument cited by AlanDershowitz is suspect: ‘I’m not in favour of torture, but if you’re going to have it, it should damn well have court approval.’ When, taking this line a step further, Dershowitz suggests that ...

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Adam Shatz: Obsession with Islam

9 October 2008
... it. ‘Obsession’ doesn’t say what we should do – except steer well clear of dialogue and negotiation. Although there are interviews with the usual ‘terrorism experts’ – Daniel Pipes, AlanDershowitz et al – the film’s portrayal of the region is mostly left to native informants like Nonie Darwish (a leader of Arabs for Israel and the daughter of a slain fighter from Gaza), Brigitte ...

Diary

Wendy Lesser: On O.J. Simpson

21 July 1994
... several years ago (this was one of the first cases to be shown on the now very popular Court TV). To this shining example of legal virtue, O.J. has subsequently added the services of F. Lee Bailey, AlanDershowitz and even Dershowit’s brother Nathan. No one I know had ever heard of Nathan before; AlanDershowitz is famous as the lawyer portrayed in Reversal of Fortune, the movie version of the ...

Terrorist for Sale

Jeremy Harding: Guantánamo

5 November 2009
The Guantánamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of US Detention and Interrogation Practices 
by Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover.
California, 210 pp., £10.95, October 2009, 978 0 520 26177 8
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... Cheney and Rumsfeld pushed through the use of ‘enhanced’ interrogation techniques, they meant to transpose the logic of ‘shock and awe’ from the bombing sortie to the detention cell. When AlanDershowitz threw open the question of torture, he was on message, dressing up the wish to inflict punishment as an empirical issue. Bush’s strong men, his legal counsel and his intellectuals were ...

Diary

David Runciman: Dylan on the radio

19 July 2007
... Occasionally, he reads out a communication from a lucky listener. In the show on the theme ‘rich man, poor man’, he told us about an email he’d received from, as he put it, ‘someone named AlanDershowitz, who describes himself as a feisty civil libertarian from Harvard Law School’ (it’s hard to convey on the page the exquisite irony with which he spoke these words). Alan had an eager ...

Magician behind Bars

Michael Rogin: David Mamet in a Cul de Sac

2 July 1998
The Old Religion 
by David Mamet.
Faber, 194 pp., £9.99, May 1998, 0 571 19260 2
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... student, the punishment so far outstrips the crime as to reinvent him as innocent victim. Oleanna makes Fatal Attraction look like a feminist tract; that Mamet and his friend, the celebrity lawyer AlanDershowitz, find it even-handed is a sign not simply of their own derangement but of the problem for which The Old Religion (Dershowitz’s praise is on the American edition) finds a solution. The ...

The Least Worst Place

Colin Dayan: ‘Supermax’ Prisons

2 August 2007
Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the Secret Prisons 
by Clive Stafford Smith.
Weidenfeld, 307 pp., £16.99, April 2007, 978 0 297 85221 6
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... citizens who are Muslims). For now at least, the targets are the weak, and the racially and religiously suspect. Stafford Smith does not explicitly condemn the theorising of academics such as AlanDershowitz or Michael Levin, but he implies that their rationalisations of torture may have helped to legitimate its use. Indeed, in urging his readers to link the armchair explanations of professors and policy ...

Because We Could

David Simpson: Soldiers and Torture

18 November 2010
None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture 
by Joshua Phillips.
Verso, 237 pp., £16.99, September 2010, 978 1 84467 599 9
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... who use extreme measures to extract ‘vital’ information. And then there is the notorious ‘ticking time-bomb’ scenario, used often in 24, given pseudo-credibility by the Harvard law professor AlanDershowitz, and produced time and again as an example of the ‘what if’ situation in which lives can be saved only by getting vital information out of a terrorist before a set period has elapsed ...

Are we there yet?

David Simpson: Abasing language, abusing prisoners

17 February 2005
Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror 
by Mark Danner.
Granta, 573 pp., £16.99, February 2005, 9781862077720
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The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib 
edited by Karen Greenberg and Joshua Dratel.
Cambridge, 1284 pp., £27.50, February 2005, 0 521 85324 9
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... were anxious that nothing interfere with the president’s ability to do whatever he deemed necessary for the security of the country. The ticking bomb scenario is by all accounts extremely rare: AlanDershowitz, who has written a widely circulating essay about it, mentions only one case in the official hist-ory of Israeli intelligence.* The New York City Bar Association’s report refutes any ...
16 February 1984
Israel in Lebanon: The Report of the International Commission 
by Sean MacBride.
Ithaca, 282 pp., £4.50, March 1984, 0 903729 96 2
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Sabra et Chatila: Enquête sur un Massacre 
by Amnon Kapeliouk.
Seuil, 117 pp.
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Final Conflict: The War in the Lebanon 
by John Bulloch.
Century, 238 pp., £9.95, April 1983, 0 7126 0171 6
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Lebanon: The Fractured Country 
by David Gilmour.
Robertson, 209 pp., £9.95, June 1983, 0 85520 679 9
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The Tragedy of Lebanon: Christian Warlords, Israeli Adventures and American Bunglers 
by Jonathan Randal.
Chatto, 320 pp., £9.50, October 1983, 0 7011 2755 4
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God cried 
by Tony Clifton and Catherine Leroy.
Quartet, 141 pp., £15, June 1983, 0 7043 2375 3
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Beirut: Frontline Story 
by Salim Nassib, Caroline Tisdall and Chris Steele-Perkins.
Pluto, 160 pp., £3.95, March 1983, 0 86104 397 9
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The Fateful Triangle: Israel, the United States and the Palestinians 
by Noam Chomsky.
Pluto, 481 pp., £6.95, October 1983, 0 86104 741 9
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... record as kept by those whom Chomsky calls ‘the supporters of Israel’. As with other books of his, it is Chomsky’s contention that the liberal intelligentsia (Irving Howe, Arthur Goldberg, AlanDershowitz, Michael Walzer, Amos Oz, Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, Shlomo Avineri, Martin Peretz) and even segments of the organised Left are more culpable, more given to lying, than conservatives are. The ...

Gloves Off

Glen Newey: Torture

29 January 2009
Death by a Thousand Cuts 
by Timothy Brook, Jérôme Bourgon and Gregory Blue.
Harvard, 320 pp., £22.95, March 2008, 978 0 674 02773 2
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Standard Operating Procedure: A War Story 
by Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris.
Picador, 286 pp., £8.99, January 2009, 978 0 330 45201 4
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Torture Team: Deception, Cruelty and the Compromise of Law 
by Philippe Sands.
Allen Lane, 315 pp., £20, May 2008, 978 1 84614 008 2
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... decisionism, think that there must always be a ‘right answer’ to questions of law. The right answer turns out to mean identifying the rights that right-thinking judges think we should have. AlanDershowitz’s notorious case for introducing ‘torture warrants’ can be seen in the same light. Much of the criticism of Dershowitz – whose case rested on the claim that if torture was going to happen ...

Ghosting

Andrew O’Hagan: Julian Assange

6 March 2014
... he’d ‘given’ them something and they hadn’t toed the line, whereas the Daily Mail was almost respected for finding him entirely abominable. The Guardian tried to soothe him – its editor, Alan Rusbridger, showed concern for his position, as did the then deputy, Ian Katz, and others – but he talked about its journalists in savage terms. The Guardian felt strongly that the secret material ...

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