War on Terror Tactics Have Undermined Basic Values (By Scott Horton in Harpers Magazine)

At a press conference in Geneva yesterday the International Commission of Jurists released the results of its three-year study of new policies adopted by the United States, Britain, and other nations to address the war on terror. The Washington Post reports:

“We have been shocked by the damage done over the past seven years by excessive or abusive counter-terrorism measures in a wide range of countries around the world,” said Arthur Chaskalson, a member of the International Commission of Jurists, in a statement announcing results of a 3-year study of counter-terrorism measures since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. “Many governments, ignoring the lessons of history, have allowed themselves to be rushed into hasty responses to terrorism that have undermined cherished values and violated human rights,” said Chaskalson, a former chief justice of South Africa…

The complete report, which is quite readable, can be accessed here..

Report: Leading Jurists Call for Urgent Steps to Restore Human Rights in efforts to counter terrorism (International Commision of Jurists)

Jurists: War on Terror Tactics Have Undermined Basic Values (By Scott Horton in Harpers Magazine)

Obama administration drops ‘war on terror’ phrase (Lolita C. Baldor / AP)

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