Georgetown Professor Speaks at Carnegie Mellon on
"Why America is Losing the War on Terrorism," April 21
PITTSBURGH—David Cole, an award-winning author, lawyer and professor, will discuss his book "Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terrorism" at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 21 at Carnegie Mellon University. Cole's lecture, sponsored by the Muslim Students Organization and the University Lecture Series, will be held in the university's Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall.
Cole is a law professor at Georgetown, the legal affairs correspondent for "The Nation" and a regular contributor to the "New York Review of Books" and NPR's "All Things Considered." "Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terrorism," co-authored with University of Pittsburgh Law Professor Jules Lobel, won the 2007 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for best book on national security and civil liberties.
Cole will speak on the U.S. government's aggressive "preventive paradigm" since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He argues that the preventive paradigm, which has included preventive detention, torture, renditions and preventive war, has not only caused the administration to sacrifice some of the nation's most deeply held commitments, but has actually made the United States less safe. He states that this paradigm has limited U.S. options for dealing with dangerous people, fueled anti-American resentment and created obstacles to international cooperation on security measures. He will also propose a more sensible preventive strategy that could be employed by the next president.
In addition to his other responsibilities, Cole is a volunteer attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, with which he has litigated Supreme Court cases involving flag burning, federal arts funding and the deportation of alleged supporters of a terrorist organization.