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Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb
     

Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb

by Amitava Kumar
 

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ISBN-10: 0822345781

ISBN-13: 2900822345786

Pub. Date: 06/10/2010

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Part reportage and part protest, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb is an inquiry into the cultural logic and global repercussions of the war on terror. At its center are two men convicted in U.S. courts on terrorism-related charges: Hemant Lakhani, a seventy-year-old tried for attempting to sell a fake missile to an FBI informant,

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Part reportage and part protest, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb is an inquiry into the cultural logic and global repercussions of the war on terror. At its center are two men convicted in U.S. courts on terrorism-related charges: Hemant Lakhani, a seventy-year-old tried for attempting to sell a fake missile to an FBI informant, and Shahawar Matin Siraj, baited by the New York Police Department into a conspiracy to bomb a subway. Lakhani and Siraj were caught through questionable sting operations involving paid informants; both men received lengthy jail sentences. Their convictions were celebrated as major victories in the war on terror. In Amitava Kumar’s riveting account of their cases, Lakhani and Siraj emerge as epic bunglers, and the U.S. government as the creator of terror suspects to prosecute. Kumar analyzed the trial transcripts and media coverage, and he interviewed Lakhani, Siraj, their families, and their lawyers. Juxtaposing such stories of entrapment in the United States with narratives from India, another site of multiple terror attacks and state crackdowns, Kumar explores the harrowing experiences of ordinary people entangled in the war on terror. He also considers the fierce critiques of post-9/11 surveillance and security regimes by soldiers and torture victims, as well as artists and writers, including Coco Fusco, Paul Shambroom, and Arundhati Roy.

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ISBN-13:
2900822345786
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Pages:
232

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue: A Missile in the Living Room 1

Introduction: Have You Seen This Man? 13

Part I. Lakhani

1. Birth of a Salesman 33

2. The Late Career of the Sting Operation 58

3. The Art of Surveillance 66

4. The Terror and the Pity 92

Part II. Siraj

5. I Have Delivered the Pizza 111

6. A Collaborator in Kashmir 141

7. A Night in an Army Camp 151

8. Tourist-Theorist-Terrorist 162

Epilogue: We Are the World 179

Notes 186

Bibliography 199

Index 202

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