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The politics of terror : the U.S. response to 9/11
Crotty, William J.
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Boston : Northeastern University Press, [2004]

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xiii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Prerequisites for morally credible condemnations of terrorism / Stephen Nathanson -- Terrorism and the remaking of American politics / John Kenneth White -- The war on terrorism and the new patriotism / Scott L. McLean -- America's wartime presidents: politics, national security, and civil liberties / Jerome M. Mileur and Ronald Story -- Civil liberties and the judiciary in the aftermath of 9/11 / Daniel Krislov -- Security versus liberty: 9/11 and the American public / Lynn M. Kuzma -- On the home front: institutional mobilization to fight the threat of international terrorism / William Crotty -- Are we safer today?: organizational responses to terrorism / B. Guy Peters -- The presidency responds: the implications of 9/11 for the Bush administration's policy agenda / Richard J. Powell.
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In the wake of the September 11 attacks, Americans were confronted with a new kind of war and a new kind of danger. After the strikes, institutions were created to mobilize the domestic response to potential terrorist threats and Congress passed legislation giving the president broad powers to fight terrorism and to provide heightened security for the nation. In this timely work, a team of experts addresses the question of how a democracy faces the challenge of balancing legitimate homeland security concerns against the rights and freedoms of its citizens. They evaluate the measures introduced in the aftermath of 9/11 and assess the far-reaching consequences of those changes for American politics and society.

Author Notes

William Crotty, is Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Public Life and Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at Northeastern University

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The US confronts unprecedented challenges. One involves threat to national security at home and abroad; the other, abridging and ignoring democracy and open society. As recently as the Clinton administration, terrorism received passing attention. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing was viewed as a one-time action of limited success. In this brief but well-ordered volume, some dozen experts, jurists, and scholars ask a host of pertinent questions. Are there conditions under which terrorism is morally justified? How does one distinguish terrorists and freedom fighters? Have terrorists forced the recasting of American politics? How do a president's predilections shape responses to terrorism? Should leaders always be required to balance national security interests against safeguarding freedom and liberty? What do the data show about attitudes toward laws like the Patriot Act? How does our bombing in World War II compare with wars of terrorism? The volume is divided into four sections: "Moral Dilemmas," "The Public Response: Democratic Values, Patriotism and Citizenship, Civil Liberties," and "Institutions and Public Polity." One of the best chapters is the editor's "On the Home Front." Richard J. Powell offers "The Presidency Responds." This should be required reading for all Americans. ^BSumming Up: Essential. General readers, and upper-division undergraduates and above. K. W. Thompson University of Virginia

Table of Contents

Stephen NathansonJohn Kenneth WhiteScott L. McLeanJerome M. Mileur and Ronald StoryDaniel KrislovLynn M. KuzmaWilliam CrottyB. Guy PetersRichard J. Powell
Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Where We Are, Where We Are Goingp. ix
1 Moral Dilemmas
Prerequisites for Morally Credible Condemnations of Terrorismp. 3
2 The Public Response: Democratic Values, Patriotism, and Citizenship
Terrorism and the Remaking of American Politicsp. 37
The War on Terrorism and the New Patriotismp. 64
3 Civil Liberties
America's Wartime Presidents: Politics, National Security, and Civil Libertiesp. 95
Civil Liberties and the Judiciary in the Aftermath of 9/11p. 134
Security versus Liberty: 9/11 and the American Publicp. 160
4 Institutions and Public Policy
On the Home Front: Institutional Mobilization to Fight the Threat of International Terrorismp. 191
Are We Safer Today?: Organizational Responses to Terrorismp. 235
The Presidency Responds: The Implications of 9/11 for the Bush Administration's Policy Agendap. 252
Conclusion: Terrorism, Security, and the American Statep. 278
Contributorsp. 303
Indexp. 307