Two decades ago, the US embarked on a “Global War on Terror.” As Americans mark this grim anniversary, we are forced to confront the still unfolding legacy of the War on Terror. Much of these conversations have focused on a long overdue reckoning with the US’s post-9/11 “forever wars.” Yet, following the attack’s the Bush administration made clear this global battlefield included the domestic United States.
From the Patriot Act to detention without trial, the War on Terror at home has manifested itself in attacks on civil liberties. On Tuesday, September 21, DRAD convened a distinguished panel that explored the domestic cost of the War on Terror while stressing that any conversations about ending the “forever war” must include a demand for reversing the post 9/11 attacks on civil liberties. Hosted by policy director Chip Gibbons.
Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and member of the bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the advisory board of the American Association of Jurists. Professor Cohn is a legal and political analyst who writes regular columns for Truthout. She has published four books about the “war on terror”: Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law; The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse; Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent; and Drones and Targeting Killing: Legal, Moral and Geopolitical Issues. Her work can be found at http://marjoriecohn.com/.
Kevin Gosztola is a writer and publisher for Shadowproof. He curates a subscription newsletter, “The Dissenter,” where he is currently publishing a series on the rise of the security state after 9/11 that centers on whistleblowers.
Ashik Siddique is a research analyst for the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies., working on analysis of the federal budget and military spending. He recently co-authored the report State of Insecurity: The Cost of Militarization Since 9/11.