Hammer Forum

The War on Terror: Seven Years After 9/11

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"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." —Benjamin Franklin

Are we retaliating against the 9/11 attacks by attacking our own freedom? George Washington Law School professor Jonathan Turley will discuss the significance of September 11th and the costs of its aftermath to the Constitution and our civil liberties. Professor Turley has described the last six years as a "constitutional Chernobyl where every safety feature appeared to fail" within the legal system. He pinpoints how America lost its identity in the War on Terror through a series of "self-inflicted wounds," and how that identity can be regained.

Professor Turley is a nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas including constitutional law and legal theory. His academic articles have appeared in leading law journals at Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, and other schools. Turley is also active in representing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, and is a frequent witness before the House and Senate on constitutional issues.


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