Berto Jongman: Summary Book Review, National Security Investigations & Prosecutions

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Book Review: National Security Investigations & Prosecutions, 2nd ed. (Vols. 1 & 2) by David S. Kris and J. Douglas Wilson

Published by Thomson West (2012)

Reviewed by Sara Aronchick Solow

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM

David S. Kris and J. Douglas Wilson’s second edition of National Security Investigations & Prosecutions is a necessary read, or at least necessary to have in your library, for just about anyone who practices, teaches, or writes about national security law. Kris and Wilson offer what appears to be the country’s sole comprehensive treatise on the law and procedures governing national security investigations. There are at least three audiences who benefit from this work: (1) practicing attorneys in the DOJ and elsewhere in government, who can use the treatise as an operating manual of sorts; (2) law professors, who can use the treatise as a course textbook or to design curricula in national security law courses; and (3) policymakers and legislators, who can use the treatise to explore contemporary issues such as whether the government overreaches in national security investigations and prosecutions, or whether the statutory guidance provided by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and Classified Information Protection Act (CIPA) is sufficient to protect civil liberties and criminal defendants’ rights. It is a testament to Kris and Wilson’s expertise and knowledge that they have assembled a work that will simultaneously appeal and provide significant value to all three audiences.

The treatise consists of thirty three chapters that are organized in two volumes.

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Phi Beta Iota:  This book has been previously published in 2007, this appears to be a substantially enlarged and updated replacement.  It is not yet listed on Amazon.