Karen J. Greenberg

Karen J. Greenberg is director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. She is the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days, Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State, and most recently, Subtle Tools: The Dismantling of American Democracy from the War on Terror to Donald Trump.

Guantánamo Bay

Guantánamo Is 22 Years Old. It’s Time to Retire. Guantánamo Is 22 Years Old. It’s Time to Retire.

Though its anniversary may go unnoticed, it’s still here—a dark and shameful continuation of the War on Terror.

Jan 12, 2024 / Karen J. Greenberg

Guantánamo Bay

Closing Guantánamo Won’t Be Enough Closing Guantánamo Won’t Be Enough

Decades later, the harm and the crimes associated with Guantánamo continue.

Aug 4, 2023 / Karen J. Greenberg

Guantánamo Bay

Two Decades Later, We Still Know Too Little About the Government’s Torture Program Two Decades Later, We Still Know Too Little About the Government’s Torture Program

Attempts to keep that blindfold in place in the name of “national security” have helped sustain darkness over light.

Jun 1, 2023 / Karen J. Greenberg

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past destroyed Russian tanks

Ukraine Is Another Chapter in the Forever War Ukraine Is Another Chapter in the Forever War

Who even remembers when the First World War was known as “the war to end all wars”?

Apr 19, 2023 / Karen J. Greenberg

Our Democracy Is More Fragile Than We Would Like to Think

Our Democracy Is More Fragile Than We Would Like to Think Our Democracy Is More Fragile Than We Would Like to Think

The insurrections in the United States and Brazil simply demonstrated what has always been true.

Feb 1, 2023 / Karen J. Greenberg

Gitmo

Will Biden Shut Down Guantánamo? Will Biden Shut Down Guantánamo?

After 7,627 nightmarish days of torture, cruel treatment, legal limbo, and injustice, it’s time for Biden to make good on his word: Shut it down. 

Dec 14, 2022 / Karen J. Greenberg

A soldier prepares to launch a drone in Afghanistan.

What We Should Have Learned From the War on Terror What We Should Have Learned From the War on Terror

And what it can teach us about the future of the crisis in Ukraine.

Oct 21, 2022 / Karen J. Greenberg

Do Presidents Have a Right to Secrecy?

Do Presidents Have a Right to Secrecy? Do Presidents Have a Right to Secrecy?

Trump’s refusal to share information has been part and parcel of the Washington scene for far longer than the current moment.

Sep 26, 2022 / Karen J. Greenberg

Trump Supporters Hold

We Can’t Have Democracy Without Accountability We Can’t Have Democracy Without Accountability

Can we rebuild trust in government institutions, or are we headed for a far grimmer America in the near future?

Jul 19, 2022 / Karen J. Greenberg

Supreme Court

The American Justice System Has Failed Us All The American Justice System Has Failed Us All

As Americans watch from the sidelines, the courts and the legal system continue to visibly fumble in the dark for legitimacy of any sort.

May 13, 2022 / Karen J. Greenberg

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