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War Time: An Idea, History, and Its Consequences

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War Time: An Idea, History, and Its Consequences
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Although the U.S. has been engaged in some form of ongoing overseas armed conflict for more than a century, policy makers and the public continue to view wars as exceptional events that eventually give way to normal peace times. But if war is thought to be exceptional, “wartime” remains a shorthand argument justifying extreme actions like torture and detention without trial. As the public becomes more disconnected than ever from the wars their nation is fighting, political restraints on the exercise of war powers diminish.moreless
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