Previewing Founders Day/ODK

"The Terror Presidency" by Jack Goldsmith

"The Terror Presidency" by Jack Goldsmith

Washington and Lee alumnus Jack Goldsmith, Class of 1984, is presenting the annual Founders Day/ODK Convocation speech on Monday, Jan. 19 (Robert E. Lee’s 202nd birthday). The timing is superb since he’ll be addressing “The Presidency in the Age of Terrorism” a mere 24 hours before a new president takes the oath of office. Goldsmith’s views on this issue are garnering considerable media attention these days. In this week’s Newsweek cover story, “Obama’s Cheney Dilemma,” Stuart Taylor Jr. and Evan Thomas write: “In Obama’s spirit of nonpartisanship, the new crowd would do well to listen to Jack Goldsmith, formerly a Bush Justice Department official, now a Harvard Law School professor.” The authors quote Goldsmith as saying that, when it comes to combating terrorism, Americans should now be “less worried about an out-of-control presidency than an enfeebled one.” Goldsmith’s June 2007 book, “The Terror Presidency,” has been widely quoted in recent weeks — check out “Pyrrhic Torture Trials” by Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post, for example — as the issue of whether or not any Bush administration officials should face criminal prosectuion for authorizing torture. A reminder: the convocation is at 11:45 a.m. in Lee Chapel.



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