Prior to Donald Trump taking office, the human rights community braced itself for an administration that promised the use of harmful, unlawful, and counterproductive counterterrorism policies. These included the use of torture, new detentions at Guantanamo Bay, and a loosening of rules on lethal strike operations. Overlaying all this would be greater demonization of Muslim communities and Islam itself. Join us for a discussion about the U.S. counterterrorism policies that have emerged under the Trump administration, and the new challenges they pose.
Laura Pitter is the senior national security counsel in Human Rights Watch's US Program. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Laura was a journalist, public defender, and lawyer with the UN in Bosnia and Afghanistan.