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Mary McCord, Senior Litigator from Practice, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice (2016-17), Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division (2014-16)

The January 2018 report published by DHS and DOJ in response to Executive Order 13780 is unfortunately both over-inclusive and under-inclusive.  Although the Executive Order required information about “foreign nationals” convicted of “terrorism-related” offenses, the report includes naturalized U.S. citizens as “foreign nationals” and excludes data on domestic-terrorism-related offenses.  The result is a report that presents an inaccurate picture of the threat of terrorism in the United States.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, professor of history and Italian studies at New York University

Authoritarian regimes often obfuscate truth by publishing false information under a veneer of objectivity — what the Trump Administration has called “alternative facts.” Democracy requires an informed, engaged public, and government disinformation threatens our democracy. Government disinformation misleads the public — and the electorate — and skews the public debate over critical policy issues, making it harder for the public to hold the government accountable. I’ve studied authoritarian regimes around the world — false and misleading reports like the one at issue here are something to be very worried about in America too.

 

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