You may have thought it began after 9/11. But it really all started in 1947, as National Security Archive Scoville Fellow Rachel Santarsiero explains. The focus of our huge arsenal then quickly shifted from Germany and Japan to the perceived threats of the Soviet Union.¬† Of course our long established¬† national security state is a far cry from what America’s founders envisioned. And really: has it made us more secure?

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