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War on Terror or War on American Ideals?

Minneapolis, MN (04/24/09) - The Humphrey Institute's Center for the Study of Politics and Governance will host a discussion about expanding presidential power at a time of war and how this may infringe upon American citizens instead of protecting them with author Jane Mayer, Professor Larry Jacobs, and Vice President Walter Mondale at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, at the Humphrey Center.

In the days immediately following September 11, 2001, the most powerful people in the nation made a series of decisions to protect the country and enhance presidential power. These decisions precipitated ferocious debates within the then new Bush Administration. New Yorker contributor Jane Mayer reveals the behind-the-scenes discussions. Mayer will be joined by Vice President Walter Mondale and Professor Larry Jacobs to discuss the lessons for the Obama Administration's efforts to balance counter-terrorism with American ideals for civil rights.

Mayer covers politics and the war on terror for The New Yorker, where she has been a staff writer since 1995. She recently has focused on torture, the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and the legality of interrogations conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency. She is author of the best-selling 2008 book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals.

Before coming to The New Yorker, Mayer served as a White House correspondent and foreign correspondent for the Wall St. Journal. She has co-authored two additional best-selling books, Strange Justice with Jill Abramson and Landslide: The Unmaking of the President 1984-1988

The event is free and open to the public. To request disability accommodations, please call (612) 625-2530 or e-mail with Doyle McManus.

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