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The audience has the chance to pose their questions via live chat or by sending an email to event@amerikahaus.de, subject line: "Question for Karen Greenberg",

Karen Greenberg: The Dismantling of American Democracy since 9/11

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This event will be streamed live via YouTube: https://youtu.be/e9XGMRYbY0s


In the wake of the September 11 terror attacks, the American government implemented a wave of overt policies to fight the nation’s enemies. Unseen and undetected by the public, however, another set of tools were brought to bear on the domestic front. Taking the audience from Ground Zero to the Capitol insurrection, Karen Greenberg will describe the practices that were forged under George W. Bush in the name of security: imprecise language, bureaucratic confusion, secrecy, and the bypassing of procedural and legal norms.


Revealing the deeper consequences of the war on terror, she will paint a troubling portrait of an increasingly undemocratic America where disinformation, xenophobia, and disdain for the law became the new norm, and where the subtle tools of national security threatened democracy itself.



Karen J. Greenberg is an expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties and Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, TomDispatch.com, and on major news channels. Her book Subtle Tools: The Dismantling of American Democracy from the War on Terror to Donald Trump investigates how policies forged after September 11 were weaponized under Trump and turned on American democracy itself. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and can be found on Twitter at @KarenGreenberg3.



Please note:

During and following the talk, you may ask Karen Greenberg your questions via chat. If you prefer to do so even before the discussion, you can write us an e-mail at event@amerikahaus.de– just include “Question for Karen Greenberg” in the subject line.



Organizer: Amerikahaus – Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Kindly supported by Princeton University Press


(Photo: Karen Greenberg © Dan Creighton)


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