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2009-12-02 09:26:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The attacks of 9/11 and subsequent American actions irrevocably changed the political, military and legal landscapes of U.S. national security. Terrorists threw out the old rules of war but the United States still has not decided on the new ones. Legislating the War on Terror reveals just how much work there is to be done and offers a fresh set of ideas for how to begin. It presents an agenda for reforming the statutory law governing this new...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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