John Adams would be proud

A Bush administration lawyer speaks up for the people Liz Cheney and Chuck Grassley are defaming.

There are times when professional pride and patriotism trump partisanship. Peter Keisler, who as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division under GWB defended the lawsuits brought by the pro bono lawyers for Gitmo detainees now being defeamed by Liz Cheney, Bill Kristol, and Chuck Grassley, is speaking out on behalf of his erstwhile courtroom opponents.

Kudos to Keisler.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: