Law v. National Security: When Lawyers Make Terrorism Policy

By: William G. Hyland Jr.


Are lawyers strangling our government’s ability to fight the first war of the twenty-first century? Does judicial adventurism and the fear of litigation undermine the War Against Terrorism? In essence, is our national security apparatus overlawyered? This article analyzes how some lawyers have produced a synthetic “litigation culture” over the war on terror. It argues that litigation concerning electronic surveillance, interrogation and all manners of prisoner treatment has chilled counterintelligence since 9/11.

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