Karen Greenberg

Karen Greenberg is the Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law. Her latest book, The Least Worst Place, Guantanamo's First 100 Days (Oxford University Press), has just been published. She is also the co-editor of The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib, among other works.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 11:30am
Will the US Go to "War" Against Ebola?
These days, two “wars” are in the headlines: one against the marauding Islamic State and its new caliphate of terror carved out of parts of Iraq and Syria, the other against a marauding disease and potential pandemic, Ebola, spreading across West Africa, with the first cases already reaching the...
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Mural paintings depicting scenes from the torture of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, in Tehran (AFP/File, Behrouz Mehri) Views
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 6:30am
The Road From Abu Ghraib: A Torture Story Without a Hero or an Ending
It’s mind-boggling. Torture is still up for grabs in America. No one questions anymore whether the CIA waterboarded one individual 83 times or another 186 times. The basic facts are no longer in dispute either by those who champion torture or those who, like myself, despise the very idea of it. No...
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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:20am
The Five Commandments of Barack Obama
In January 2009, Barack Obama entered the Oval Office projecting idealism and proud to be the constitutional law professor devoted to turning democratic principles into action.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:20am
How 'Zero Dark Thirty' Reminds Americans How Much They Love Torture
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Monday, October 22, 2012 - 6:37am
Will the Apocalypse Arrive Online?
First the financial system collapses and it's impossible to access one’s money. Then the power and water systems stop functioning. Within days, society has begun to break down. In the cities, mothers and fathers roam the streets, foraging for food. The country finds itself fractured and fragmented -- hardly recognizable.
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Monday, March 19, 2012 - 7:17am
The Unstoppable Legacy of the War on Terror
By now, you’d think we’d be entering the end of the 9/11 era. One war over in the Greater Middle East, another hurtling disastrously to its end, and the threat of al-Qaeda so diminished that it should hardly move the needle on the national worry meter. You might think, in fact, that the moment had arrived to turn the American gaze back to first principles: the Constitution and its protections of rights and liberties.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 8:44am
How Terrorist 'Entrapment' Ensnares Us All
Two weeks ago, Jose Pimentel was arrested as an alleged terrorist bomb-maker as a result of an NYPD sting . Within hours of the arrest, his attorney raised the prospect of a possible entrapment defense.
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Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:59am
The FBI-Style Sting in the Tail of the Saudi Ambassador 'Assassination Plot'
Wednesday, in Manhattan's federal courthouse, the southern district of New York, an Iranian-American citizen – Mansour Arbabsiar – was indicted on terrorism and related charges .
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Monday, August 22, 2011 - 8:10am
Crisis of Confidence: How Washington Lost Faith in America’s Courts
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the unexpected extent of the damage Americans have done to themselves and their institutions is coming into better focus. The event that “changed everything” did turn out to change Washington in ways more startling than most people realize. On terrorism and national security, to take an obvious (if seldom commented upon) example, the confidence of the U.S. government seems to have been severely, perhaps irreparably, shaken when it comes to that basic and essential American institution: the courts.
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Friday, July 1, 2011 - 10:52am
The FBI's Synagogue Bomb Plot
On Wednesday, a much-publicised FBI terrorism sting concluded when three of four men from Newburgh, New York were sentenced to 25 years in prison (a fourth will be sentenced next Tuesday).
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