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North County Times Review of FALCON SEVEN

Written by: James W. Huston Published: June 30, 2010

North County Times (San Diego, CA) review, by Jim Trageser

“James W. Huston’s latest offers up a tale that not only is satisfyingly taut (and disturbingly plausible), but contains an ending that strongly hints this isn’t the last we’ll hear from these characters.

“That last part should be considered a Good Thing by readers who enjoy Huston’s writing (and there are quite a few of you, to judge by his regular stays on the best-sellers lists). . . .

“‘Falcon Seven’ is a top-notch legal and action thriller, one tied (as are most of Huston’s novels) to real-world legal issues that give it a palpability that makes it even more resonant.”

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Facts of Fiction

Facts of Fiction

Falcon Jet & the Falcon 7X

Written by: James W. Huston Published: June 29, 2010

I’ve done many book signings, from Seattle to Fort Lauderdale, but nothing like the book signing this week at the U.S. headquarters of Falcon Jet, in Teterboro, New Jersey. As you can see from the title, my latest novel—Falcon Seven—is named after an airplane. I know that’s unusual, but the Falcon 7X in my book plays a fairly important role.

I asked a friend of mine, who is the general counsel of Falcon Jet, if I could name the book after the airplane, and he was excited. Not only did he like the idea, but he arranged for the art department at St. Martin’s to have access to their images to pick the best image to use on the cover. And, he said Falcon Jet would love it if I visited Teterboro, toured the airplane, and did a signing for the Falcon Jet employees.

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In the News

In the News

Who Will Stand in Judgment of the Conduct of U.S. Troops and Leaders?

Written by: James W. Huston Published: June 18, 2010

“Who will stand in judgment of U.S. troops and leaders?”

This question is asked within the subtitle of Robert Dudney’s editorial “Warfare v. Lawfare,” in the June edition of Airforce Magazine. It is one the United States must answer frequently. It comes up every time someone says the United States should sign the Treaty of Rome, which established the International Criminal Court.

Who will stand in judgment if we sign?

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In the News

In the News

Lawfare, Spin, Israeli Commandos and Gaza

Written by: James W. Huston Published: June 10, 2010

I’ve mentioned “lawfare” before. It is defined by the Lawfare Project, as:

“the use of the law as a weapon of war, or more specifically, the abuse of the law and legal systems for strategic political or military ends.”

The countries most vulnerable to such a strategy are the ones most attuned to human rights issues, and most active in international conflicts. The U.S. is target number one, and Israel is undoubtedly target number two.

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In the News

In the News

Miranda Rights for Terrorists

Written by: James W. Huston Published: June 5, 2010

How should we treat terrorists?

The current administration seems to be re-discovering issues that have been debated since President Clinton decided to treat terrorists as criminals, and accumulate evidence and put them on trial in the United States. President Bush thought that wasn’t such a good idea; that they should be enemy combatants, not entitled to any constitutional rights or even a trial.

Most recently, people have debated whether Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber, should have been given his Miranda warning—that anything he says can be used against him and he has the right to an attorney—before he was interrogated. The administration said yes, and he was given his rights. The Associated Press reported:

After the May 3 arrest of Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad, investigators questioned him for three to four hours before they finally read him his rights, John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, said recently.

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