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Emergency forever: Double government, fear and the rule of law.


Once an exception gets put into the law, it can quite easily become the new normal. And what I think we're seeing - a lot of 'new normals,' that in an age of less fear, wouldn't be tolerated by either the courts or Congress. It's certainly an incredible leap in the amount of executive authority.

Attorney Thomas Durkin examines the effects of post-9/11 shift in the criminal justice system, in which fear of existential threats abroad grant intelligence agencies and the executive branch exceptional and growing powers above judicial oversight, and beyond democratic control.

Thomas wrote "Permanent States of Exception: A Two-Tiered System of Criminal Justice Courtesy of the Double Government Wars on Crime, Drugs, & Terror" in Valparaiso University Law Review.

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Thomas Durkin

Thomas Durkin is an attorney and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence & Co-Director National Security & Civil Rights Program, Loyola Chicago Law School.


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