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New US administration, new take on the ‘war on terror’

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April 15, 2009
Homeland Security News
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Last month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that the Obama administration has stopped using the phrase “war on terror.” This development is far more significant than a change of heart on diction.

For many years, terrorism rhetoric has been used as a blunt weapon by governments seeking to stifle dissent and escape international scrutiny. This new approach by the US is a key step in recasting the term and clarifying what exactly constitutes international terrorism. (CSM)