The fear of blame is a powerful motivator. As illustrated in “Power Wars” and “The Terror Presidency,” that fear can be particularly acute for officials who work in national security—no one wants to be accused of having American blood on their hands.
David Manners-Weber is a 2017 graduate of Yale Law School, where he was co-president of the National Security Group and a Student Fellow at the Information Society Project. He graduated from Yale University in 2010 with a degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics.
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On Wednesday, the Senate blocked the American SAFE Act, a bill designed to raise the security hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the US. Coming on the heels of the Paris attacks, the bill had already passed the House with strong Democratic support. Notably, the debate surrounding the legislation appeared to ignore that, in attempting to drown the refugee process in red tape, SAFE Act proponents adopted the same playbook that has kept Guantanamo Bay open.