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

Recorded on December 2, 2004

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.