Security vs. Liberty in Time of War
Kermit Roosevelt III is the author of the legal thriller, Allegiance (Regan Arts, 2015), a historical novel published about the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II. This novel includes analysis of the classic case Korematsu v. the United States, in which the Supreme Court upheld Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order for internment, and explores the tensions between liberty and security, and between the courts and the powers of the presidency in wartime. Roosevelt’s novel lead us to discuss those same themes in the context of today’s war on terror.
Kermit Roosevelt III is a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches constitutional law. He is great grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt and distant cousin of FDR. Allegiance is his second novel, following the publication of In the Shadow of Law. He is also author of The Myth of Judicial Activism.