ABA and Medill School of Journalism Release Guide on National Security Law in News

CHICAGO, Dec. 14, 2012 – Much in America changed on Sept. 11, 2001, including the language of discourse in public dialogue about war and terrorism. A new guide, National Security Law in the News, demystifies the robust and detailed body of law and policy behind that dialogue.

The book—a joint endeavor of the _ and the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication—provides the necessary legal background and context for journalists and others who want to understand ongoing policy debates on national security.

Written by seasoned experts, each chapter contains a summary of legal and policy issues of significance and is accompanied by an annotated bibliography for further reading. The book is divided into four parts:

  • Part I provides an overview of the basic issues of constitutional and international law, including discussion of the scope of the president’s authority, the meaning and effect of the First Amendment, and the role of international law in American courts;
  • Part II turns the focus to the military and explores questions about military organization and operations;
  • Part III looks at the world of domestic law enforcement and counterterrorism; and
  • Part IV covers homeland security issues.

An added bonus: A list of experts to contact for additional background information is included in chapter.

National Security Law in the News is co-edited by Paul Rosenzweig, founder of Red Branch Consulting PLLC, a homeland security consulting company; Timothy J. McNulty, veteran journalist and co-director of Medill’s National Security Journalism Initiative; and Ellen Shearer, Medill’s William F. Thomas Professor of Journalism and co-director of the school’s National Security Journalism Initiative.

Title: National Security Law in the News: A Guide for Journalists, Scholars, and Policymakers
A joint project of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security and the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
Product Code:
:               978-1-61438-767-1
800-285-2221 or http://ambar.org/nationalsecuritylaw

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an email to Katrina Krause at . If you publish a review of this book, please send tearsheets or a copy for our files to Katrina Krause, _, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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