How 2015 bears striking echoes of 2001 in America

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“When the nation faces a national security threat, the instinct for many politicians is to respond to these fears through promises of aggression, whether that means military force overseas or promises to vastly expand the government to catch enemy threats. This was certainly the case in 2001,” said Julian Zelizer, a political historian Princeton University.

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Julian Zelizer is a fellow in New America's Political Reform program. He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and writes a weekly column for