Karen Greenberg on Ebola and Terrorism

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Karen Greenberg, Ph.D., director of Fordham Law’s Center on National Security has examined parallels between the government’s response to the ebola crisis to that of its response to terrorist threats. In employing the term “war,” as in “War on Ebola,” the U.S. government has once again approached an unexpected crisis using by using militaristic language, she said. But despite media histrionics, the government’s response at the local, state, and federal level has been relatively measured in comparison to its “War on Terror,” Greenberg asserts.

Greenberg warned in a recent Huffington Post blog post that “countering Ebola will require a whole new set of protections and priorities, which should emerge from the medical and public health communities,” not from the “nation’s vast national security apparatus.”

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