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Dec 02

What's in a Name?  The Debate Over Words in the War on Terrorism

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Since the September 11th attacks, both at home and around the world politicians, scholars and security moms are arguing about the words we use and what they mean. There has been debate over exactly who is a terrorist or what terms like "the war on terrorism" or "homeland security" represent. As we enter into a second Bush Administration, it is a good time to consider the impact of the words we use in creating and sustaining U.S. policies. It is time to examine whether the words we use in our security policies are the correct ones. We must ask whether our policy statements actually mean what we intend them to say.

More About the Speakers

Panel 1: Speaking to the World


Spencer Ackerman
Associate Editor,
The New Republic

Judith Yaphe
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Said Arikat
Bureau Chief,


Daniel Kaniewski
Deputy Director,
Homeland Security Policy Institute,
The George Washington University

Panel 2: Speaking to Ourselves


Siobhan Gorman
Homeland Security/Justice Correspondent,
National Journal

Elisa Massimino
Director, Washington DC Office,
Human Rights First

Deroy Murdock
Columnist, Scripps Howard News Service


Jennifer Marshall
Director, Domestic Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

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Rebecca Hagelin Rebecca Hagelin

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