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The Bitter End: Winding Down the War on Terror

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

Whether about hunger strikes at Gitmo, revelations of NSA surveillance or blowback from drone strikes, recent news headlines have testified to the persistent fallout and legacy of the initial U.S. reaction to the attacks of 9/11. Despite the Obama administration’s expressed desire to disengage the battlefield, winding down the war on terror has proved more difficult than expected. Jonathan Hafetz explains why the ultimate danger of the failure to close Gitmo is that we might just get used to it. Loch Johnson examines the security versus surveillance dilemma and what to do about the current imbalance. And Charli Carpenter argues that a new paradigm for the fight against terror is essential not only for U.S. credibility, but also for the legitimate use of military force moving forward.

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