Mary L. Dudziak, Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science University of Southern California
Tuesday October 11, 2011, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Ben C. Green Lecture presented by the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Although the U.S. has been engaged in some form of ongoing overseas armed conflict for more than a century, policy makers and the public continue to view wars as exceptional events that eventually give way to normal peace times. But if war is thought to be exceptional, “wartime” remains a shorthand argument justifying extreme actions like torture and detention without trial. And as the public becomes more disconnected than ever from the wars their nation is fighting, the country is without political restraints on the exercise of war powers.
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