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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The virus has put the realities of wealth inequality, health insecurity, and poor work conditions under a high-powered microscope. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, May 18, 2020
So Long to American Exceptionalism
Remember the song “ Over There ”? “Over there, over there Send the word, send the word over there That the Yanks are coming, The Yanks are coming, The drums rum-tumming everywhere...” Maybe not, since it was popular so long ago, but it was meant to inspire American troops saying goodbye to their...
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In unsettling ways, the crisis is working for him as previously untenable policy options are becoming essential to curtailing the coronavirus. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Views
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
While Rome Burns, Trump Gets What He’s Always Wanted
Last month, Donald Trump retweeted a doctored photo of himself playing the fiddle that was labeled “My next piece is called: nothing can stop what’s coming.” It was clearly an homage to the Emperor Nero who so infamously made music while Rome burned. To it, the president added this comment: “Who...
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on October 21, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, February 27, 2020
The Unfounding Father: Donald Trump and the End of American Democracy
In this fast-paced century, rife with technological innovation, we’ve grown accustomed to the impermanence of things. Whatever is here now will likely someday vanish, possibly sooner than we imagine. Movies and music that once played on our VCRs and stereos have given way to infinite choices in the...
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(Photo: Susan Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, January 20, 2020
Guantánamo's Indelible Legacy
In January 2002, the Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility in Cuba opened its gates for the first 20 detainees of the war on terror. Within 100 days , 300 of them would arrive, often hooded and in those infamous orange jumpsuits , and that would just be the beginning. At its height, the population...
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The Trump administration has little respect for the integrity of words, no respect for educating the public with the facts, and every intention of clouding the space between fact and fiction, certainty and uncertainty. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 22, 2019
The War on Words in Donald Trump’s White House: How to Fudge, Obfuscate, and Lie Our Way Into a New Universe
These days, witnessing the administration’s never-ending cruelty at the border, the shenanigans of a White House caught red-handed in attempted bribery in Ukraine, and the disarray of this country’s foreign policy, I feel like I’m seeing a much-scarier remake of a familiar old movie. The cast of...
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In whose world are filth, disease, and persistent emotional cruelty acceptable? (Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 25, 2019
No Fairy Tale: The Trump Administration’s Declaration of Inhuman Rights
Lately, I've been thinking about the Grimm's fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Terrified by cruel conditions at home, the brother and sister flee, winding their way, hungry and scared, through unknown woods. There, they encounter an old woman who lures them in with promises of safety. Instead, she...
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In the 448 pages of the Mueller report, there are nearly 1,000 redactions. (Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty) Views
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Redacting Democracy
The Nobel Prize-winning Czech author Milan Kundera began his 1979 novel, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting , by describing two photographs . In the first, two men are standing side by side, a Czech nationalist later executed for his views and the country’s Communist ruler. In the second, the...
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In its urge to build walls of every sort, seen and unseen, however, the Trump administration has taken the global lead in creating a world in which citizenship will be ever more narrowly defined. (Photo: Brian Angell/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Retiring the Statue of Liberty: Citizenship in the Age of Trump
It turns out that walls can’t always be seen. Donald Trump may never build his “ great, great wall ,” but that doesn’t mean he isn’t working to wall Americans in. It’s a story that needs to be told. This past month, for instance, claims of ISIS’s near total defeat in Syria have continued to mount...
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Children in a refugee camp in Jordan. (Photo: Reuters) Views
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The Year of the Child (in Trouble): We-Are-Not-Them Exceptionalism
Halfway through 2018, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski hurled a mother-to-mother dagger at Ivanka Trump. How, during the very weeks when the headlines were filled with grim news of child separations and suffering at the U.S.-Mexico border, she asked, could the first daughter and presidential adviser be so...
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As the shackling of men on the decks of ships reveals, the Coast Guard’s present war-on-drugs detention mission is not one it has exactly been prepared for. (Photo: US Coast Guard) Views
Thursday, December 20, 2018
America’s Mixed Messages: On Board the USS Detention
I grew up in New London, Connecticut, watching many a military ship float by my window. New London was home to the Coast Guard Academy and sat across the river from a U.S. Navy submarine base. Uniformed guardsmen, sailors in training, and sub crews leaving port would regularly wave to my friends...
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