The Costs of Counterterrorism

The Costs of Counterterrorism
A Discussion with Author Laura K. Donohue
 
Moderated by World Policy Institute Senior Fellow Belinda Cooper
 
Tuesday, September 9
6 pm -8 pm
 
Co-Sponsored with Demos and the Stanford Alumni Club
 
Has America paid too high a price to increase our sense of security in the post-9/11 era?  From extended detention, interrogation, and anti-terrorist finance, to phone taps, watch lists, and censorship, Laura K. Donohue examines laws that have been promoted as increasing security, but which exact tremendous costs on life, liberty, property, privacy, and free speech. Drawing on her research in the United Kingdom and United States, Donohue shows how the unintended consequences of counter-terrorism policies can undermine the systems they are intended to protect. Weighing the relative costs and benefits of the new counterterrorist norms, she rejects the argument that liberty and security are opposed to each other and warns that the dramatic increase in executive power can fundamentally change the way government works.  
 
Laura K. Donohue, JD, PhD, is a Fellow at the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. Currently a By-Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge, she is also the author of Counter-Terrorist Law and Emergency Powers in the United Kingdom, 1922-2000 (2001).
 
Discussant and moderator Belinda Cooper is a co-founder of the Citizenship and Security Program at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. The editor of War Crimes: The Legacy of Nuremberg, Cooper teaches and lectures on human rights and international law, especially as related to the current “war on terror.”
 
WHEN
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
6 pm to 8 pm
 
WHERE:
Demos,
220 Fifth Ave 5th floor
(@26th st)
 
This event is free and open to the public but RSVP is strongly recommended to secure a seat. To RSVP, email events@worldpolicy.org or call the World Policy Institute events line at 212 481 5005, Option 2

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