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Constitutional lawyers David D. Cole, a professor of law at Georgetown University, and Jules L. Lobel, a professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh, discuss their Palmer Prize award-winning book, Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (The New Press, 2009).

Less Safe, Less Free is a critical analysis of the civil liberties and geopolitical implications of the Bush administration’s “war on terror” and self-described “paradigm of prevention” with respect to terrorism. The authors argue that the Bush administration not only has compromised the rule of law in the name of prevention but has made the United States more susceptible to future terrorist attacks. They offer an alternative preventive strategy emphasizing non-coercion and multilateral cooperation, which they assert will preserve the rule of law while enhancing national security.

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