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This short policy paper considers US counterterrorism policy with particular attention to treatment of detainees in matters of challenging detention, interrogation, trial of detainees, and release. It analyzes the existing US war on terror and considers future policies that would address both national security concerns and human rights/civil liberties concerns. The paper is written by two experts and advocates in counterterrorism-related issues, coming from the center right and the center left in American politics, as part of a project of the Stanley Foundation, Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide, which publishes papers by pairs of experts coming from conservative and progressive points on the political spectrum, on US foreign policy topics in preparation for the 2008 elections. The purpose of the joint essay is to explore common ground between political positions that might otherwise go unaddressed, while identifying differences in policy positions. Kenneth Anderson is research fellow with Stanford's Hoover Institution, and Elisa Massimino is Washington Director of Human Rights First, which has been a leading human rights advocate in issues of the war on terror.