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One of my oldest and dearest friends, Josh Dratel, has co-edited a book, “The Road to Abu Ghraib,” and today he and his co-editor, Karen Greenberg get something to which ever writer aspires: A glowing and long review by The New York Times.
You can read the review here. Then you can buy Josh’s Book – a collection of primary source documents that pretty much outlines the thinking that created the ugly images broadcast to the world from Abu Ghraib. It ain’t pretty how this happened. We’ve known that for a while. But here’s the evidence.
My friend Josh has been a criminal defense attorney in New York for almost his entire career. Right now, he’s one of the civilian attorneys working on the Guantanamo Bay cases. Among other clients, he has represented the men charged with the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania (much to the chagrin of his and my family who has asked how he can defend terrorists). But he’s never gotten confused – unlike the Bush Administration – by terror even though he lives and works in what was once the shadow of the World Trade Center.
It’s hardest to defend the liberty of others when they are attacking you. That, of course, is the time when their defense is most necessary.

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