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, August 22, 2011
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 01, 2011
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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Sunday, June 19, 2011
Business as Usual on Steroids: The Obama Administration Doubles Down on the War on Terror
In the seven weeks since the killing of Osama bin Laden, pundits and experts of many stripes have concluded that his death represents a marker of genuine significance in the story of America’s encounter with terrorism. Peter Bergen, a bin Laden expert, was typically blunt the day after the death when he wrote, "Killing bin Laden is the end of the war on terror. We can just sort of announce that right now."
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Monday, May 02, 2011
Following Osama to the Bottom
Osama bin Laden's death removes the single focal point that has dominated American foreign affairs – and much of American politics at home – for a decade. And certainly, the United States and the world can breathe a sigh of relief that a dreaded enemy no longer needs to be countered.
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Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Why Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Will Be Tried in Guantánamo
This Monday, Eric Holder, much to what seemed to be his own disappointment, announced that alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried in a military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay . This, of course, comes as no surprise.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
America's Growing Intolerance
Just in case you thought that “political correctness” had been thoroughly discredited in the culture wars of the 1990s, it’s back -- and this time it’s being treated as a stalking horse for terrorism and getting pummeled all over again.
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Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Obama's Guantánamo Policy: Legally and Morally Corrupt
In the nine years since the opening of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, the country has moved incrementally towards institutionalising the existence of the facility.
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Sunday, January 23, 2011
Obama's Reneging on Guantánamo
Yesterday – the two-year anniversary of President Obama's announcement that he would close Guantánamo by January 2010 – was a day of sadness for those of us who follow Guantánamo. Two years ago, on a similarly frigid day, the newly inaugurated president issued three executive orders, making it crystal clear that he sought a change of direction in the "war on terror" on matters of detention, torture and Guantánamo.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Obama Walks Back on Guantánamo
The Obama administration, ProPublica's Dafna Linzer first reported , is about to issue an executive order that gives shape, contour and future life to indefinite detention for Guantánamo detainees. The order will provide for the continual detention of several dozen detainees – who will have access lawyers in order to periodically contest their detention.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Guilty Until Proven Guilty: Threatening the Presumption of Innocence
Liberty versus security, that initial heated debate over the war on terror, is again rearing its head with much bravado, nowhere more so than in our nation's courtrooms where American justice continues to pay the price.
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