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It was probably inevitable from the moment the two aeroplanes struck the Twin Towers a decade ago that the world was about to face a period in which the competing interests of security and liberty – two issues that go to the heart of the law’s role in society – would come into prolonged conflict. The former of these interests was dominant in the five years after the attacks as the US and UK pushed on with a legally controversial conflict and ushered in a series of aggressive anti-terrorism measures. In the process, the US often sought to recast terrorism in legal terms applied to war rather than criminal procedures.

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