Deborah Pearlstein

Deborah Pearlstein is a visiting research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2003-2007, she was director of the U.S. Law and Security Program at Human Rights First.

Revelations that the CIA destroyed tapes of interrogations are further evidence of the degree to which this administration has fostered a culture of self-justifying raw power. It's time for us to call for leadership that promotes professionalism. Read more


He called Guantanamo a "black eye" but wouldn't call for its closure. So what is the attorney general nominee's plan for detaining terrorist suspects? Read more


Gonzales' worst fault -- the inability to separate politics from law -- is one that may well plague the administration beyond his resignation. Read more


The U.S. decision five years ago to torture detainees has infected a generation of terrorism cases where it might have once been possible to do justice -- but may not be anymore. Read more