Judges cut through the hysteria of rulers made tyrants by fear

"Five years after 9/11 and one year after 7/7, the so-called “war on terror” is acquiring a narrative. It started with an outrage and moved swiftly to belligerent retaliation, including the killing of thousands of non-participants.

This led to a burst of repressive authoritarianism as embarrassed leaders sought to reassure the public while enhancing their power as “commanders in chief”. The narrative has now matured into trench warfare between that power and constitutional roadblocks meant to limit it."

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