By Fareed Zakaria
The Daily Star, Lebanon
For 11 years, the United States has been operating under emergency wartime powers granted under the 2001 “Authorization for Use of Military Force”.
It grants the president and the federal government extraordinary authorities at home and abroad, effectively suspends civil liberties for anyone the government deems an enemy and keeps us on a permanent war footing in all kinds of ways.
A new Global Terrorism Index this week showed that terrorism went up from 2002 to 2007 – largely because of the conflicts in Afghanistan-Pakistan and Iraq – but has declined ever since.
Of course there are real threats out there, from sources including new branches of Al-Qaeda and other such groups.
In any event, it is a good idea that the United States find a way to conduct its anti-terrorism campaigns within a more normal legal framework, rather than rely on blanket wartime authority granted in a panic after Sept. 11 .
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