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Karen Greenberg on Ebola and Terrorism


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.”

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom.


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