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Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism Gabriella Blum

Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism

Gabriella Blum

Published November 5th 2010
ISBN : 9780262014755
Hardcover
225 pages
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In an age of global terrorism, can the pursuit of security be reconciled with liberal democratic values and legal principles? During its global war on terrorism, the Bush administration argued that the United States was in a new kind of conflict, oneMoreIn an age of global terrorism, can the pursuit of security be reconciled with liberal democratic values and legal principles? During its global war on terrorism, the Bush administration argued that the United States was in a new kind of conflict, one in which peacetime domestic law was irrelevant and international law inapplicable. From 2001 to 2009, the United States thus waged war on terrorism in a no-law zone. Gabriella Blum and Philip Heymann reject the argument that traditional American values embodied in domestic and international law can be ignored in any sustainable effort to keep the United States safe from terrorism. In Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists, they demonstrate that the costs are great and the benefits slight from separating security and the rule of law.