Rogue Justice

The Making of the Security State
Tim O'Brien

The day after September 11, President Bush tasked the attorney general with preventing another terrorist attack on the United States. From that day forward, the Bush and then the Obama administration turned to the Department of Justice to give its imprimatur to a range of counterterrorism methods activities that had previously been unthinkable. In Rogue Justice Dr. Karen Greenberg connects the dots for the first time—from the Patriot Act to today’s military commissions, from terrorism prosecutions to intelligence priorities, from the ACLU’s activism to Edward Snowden’s revelations, leaving readers with the question: will justice in America ever recover from the compromises it made for the war on terror?

Dr. Karen Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University. In addition to being the author of Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State, she is the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days (2009), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and She is also co-editor with Joshua L. Dratel of The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (2008) and The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (2005); editor of the books The Torture Debate in America (2006) and Al Qaeda Now (2005); and editor of the Terrorist Trial Report Card, 2001–2011. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones,, and on major news channels. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a PhD from Yale University.

New America is pleased to welcome Dr. Greenberg for a discussion of her book and the transformation of justice in America during the war on terror.

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Dr. Karen Greenberg
Author, Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State
Director, Center on National Security


Peter Bergen
Director, International Security Program, New America