Did civil libertarians inadvertently strengthen the national security state?

"Two months after Barack Obama’s inauguration, his administration filed its first brief in a constitutional habeas corpus case from GTMO. To Ratner’s astonishment, the brief argued for a broad power of indefinite military detention over GTMO detainees. “We really thought that Obama wouldn’t fight us in court on the rights of the detainees, that he would get the detainees either to another country or he would charge and try them,” Ratner later said.

But Obama did fight them.”

-Jack Goldsmith, The Great Legal Paradox of Our Time: How Civil Libertarians Strengthened the National Security State

Guantanamo Bay isn’t the only secret rendition site that the United States maintains. Dozens of sites across the globe are owned and operated by the American government, primarily in countries where the laws against “enhanced interrogation” aren’t so focused on civil rights.