CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLAR SAYS U.S. IS LESS SAFE LESS FREE09/04/07 Robert Lorei
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In "Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror," law professors David Cole and Jules Lobel argue that the U.S. is losing the war on terror because its policy of pre-emptively going after suspected terrorists or countries that are suspected of being connected to terrorism.
David Cole a professor of Law at Georgetown University joins us on the phone. He’ll be speaking in Tampa later this week.
The authors note that the administration "is fond of reminding us that no terrorist attacks have occurred on domestic soil since 9/11," but they ask, "Has the administration's 'war on terror' actually made us safer?" Their answer: "While the 'preventive paradigm' can point to few gains in our security, it has come at great cost to our ideals. In the name of preemptive security, the administration has undertaken torture, indefinite detention without trial, extraordinary renditions, disappearances into CIA 'black sites,' warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, and an illegal and disastrous war in Iraq." These measures, they add, "constitute the core of the 'preventive paradigm,' and have compromised the most basic commitments of the rule of law. And by doing so they have actually impeded our efforts to bring known terrorists to trial, limited our long-term options for security, sparked anti-American resentment and terrorist recruitment, and undermined relations even with our closest allies."