Naval War College Review


For anyone who has followed, however peripherally, the disposition of those who have come to be called “detainees” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Andrew McCarthy’s Willful Blindness is a mandatory read. McCarthy was the prosecuting U.S. attorney in the case of the “Blind Sheikh,” Omar Abdel Rahman, for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. The book chroni- cles McCarthy’s prosecutorial clean sweep in that case, in which ten defen- dants were convicted and the remaining two pleaded guilty.