Karen Greenberg

Karen Greenberg

Karen J. Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law. She is the author of The Least Worst Place, Guantanamo's First 100 Days (Oxford University Press). She is also the co-editor of The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib, among other works.

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Monday, October 15, 2018
How Guantanamo Set the Stage for the Kavanaugh Hearings
Amid the emotional hubbub over the predictable confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, there has been a largely overlooked casualty: the American judiciary. It’s not the end result alone -- his addition to the highest bench in the land where he will sit for life -- that promises to damage the country, but...
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
A Children’s Gitmo on the Border: Heartless America’s Latest Nightmare
By the time Donald J. Trump threw in the towel, who among us hadn’t seen or heard the chilling videos in which U.S. border officials shamelessly grabbed uncomprehending children and toddlers from their pleading mothers and fathers? Some were told they were being taken to bathe or shower by people...
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"In a set of parallel moves of betrayal, the dismemberment of agencies created to honor and protect peacefulness and basic civil liberties at home or abroad is ongoing." (Photo: beppesabatini/Flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Dismantling Democracy, One Word at a Time
Consider us officially in an Orwellian world, though we only half realize it. While we were barely looking, significant parts of an American language long familiar to us quite literally, and in a remarkably coherent way, went down the equivalent of George Orwell’s infamous Memory Hole. This hit me...
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 "Haspel herself played a role in destroying evidence of what occurred at the site she oversaw." (Photo: CIA / with overlay) Views
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
The Hearings for Trump’s CIA Pick Should Prompt a Reckoning With Torture
President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel, a longtime clandestine officer now serving as the CIA’s deputy director, to head the agency is an intensely provocative and unsettling move. Haspel was a key figure in the Bush administration’s secret detention and torture program — one of the darkest...
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Activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 11, 2017 marking the 15th anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay prison. Views
Monday, October 16, 2017
Gitmo's Living Legacy in the Trump Era
Eight years ago, when I wrote a book on the first days of Guantanamo, The Least Worst Place: Guantánamo’s First 100 Days , I assumed that Gitmo would prove a grim anomaly in our history. Today, it seems as if that “detention facility” will have a far longer life than I ever imagined and that it,...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
A Planet's Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children
“This is a war against normal life.” So said CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, describing the situation at this moment in Syria, as well as in other parts of the Middle East. It was one of those remarks that should wake you up to the fact that the regions the United States has, since September 2001...
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Thursday, March 02, 2017
The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo
In the spring of 2016, I asked a student of mine to do me a favor and figure out which day would be the 100th before Barack Obama’s presidency ended. October 12th, he reported back, and then asked me the obvious question: Why in the world did I want to know? The answer was simple. Years before I...
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Monday, October 03, 2016
Liberty Is Security: The Lesson Not Drawn From 9/11
One vivid image of the historical relationship between government power and individual liberties in America has long been the swing of the pendulum. It catches the nature of the perpetually changing balance between the two. When it comes to terrorism and civil liberties after 9/11, that pendulum...
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Still in the Bush Embrace: What Really Stands in the Way of Closing Guantánamo
Can you believe it? We’re in the last year of the presidency of the man who, on his first day in the Oval Office, swore that he would close Guantánamo, and yet it and everything it represents remains part of our all-American world. So many years later, you can still read news reports on the ongoing...
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Monday, August 03, 2015
The Mass Killer and the National Security State
Imagine that you’re in the FBI and you receive a tip -- or more likely, pick up information through the kind of mass surveillance in which the national security state now specializes. In a series of tweets, a young man has expressed sympathy for the Islamic State (ISIS), al-Qaeda, or another...
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