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The phrase "War on Terror" has no discrete legal content. It was politically inspired and used by the administration of George W. Bush to mobilize American society, much like the "War on Drugs" or the "War on Poverty." Yet the declaration of the "War on Terror" marks the beginning of a unique phase in American law that began on September 11, 2001, and continues to this day. Living through this period has made the lessons of Aharon Barak all the more urgent.

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