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Detention and Interrogation in the Post-9/11 World

39 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2008 Last revised: 24 Aug 2009

Kermit Roosevelt III

University of Pennsylvania Law School


Our detention and interrogation policies in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have been a disaster. This paper, delivered as a Donahue Lecture at Suffolk University Law School in February 2008, explores the dimensions and source of that disaster. It first offers a clear and intelligible narrative of the construction and implementation of executive detention and interrogation policy and then analyzes the roles played by the different branches of government and the American people in order to understand how we have ended up in our current situation.

Keywords: Detention, interrogation policy, Guantanamo, executive detention, Congress, Judicial Branch, enemy combatants, torture

Suggested Citation

Roosevelt, Kermit, Detention and Interrogation in the Post-9/11 World. Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 42, Pg. 1, 2008; U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 08-26. Available at SSRN:

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