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David C. Unger: 'The Emergency State'

Steve Scher
02/29/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

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David C. Unger is a foreign policy editorialist for The New York Times and author of "The Emergency State: America's Pursuit Of Absolute Security At All Costs."

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