Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security

Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security

by Dean Reuter
     
 

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After the September 11, 2001 attacks the United States went to war. With thousands of Americans killed, billions of dollars in damage, and aggressive military and security measures in response, we are still living with the war a decade later. A change of presidential administration has not dulled controversy over the most fundamental objectives, strategies and

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After the September 11, 2001 attacks the United States went to war. With thousands of Americans killed, billions of dollars in damage, and aggressive military and security measures in response, we are still living with the war a decade later. A change of presidential administration has not dulled controversy over the most fundamental objectives, strategies and tactics of the war, or whether it is even a war. This book clears the air over the meaning of 9/11, and sets the stage for a reasoned, clear, and considered discussion of the future with a collection of essays commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks. The contributors include supporters and critics of the war on terrorism, policymakers and commentators, insiders and outsiders, and some of the leading voices inside and outside government.

Editorial Reviews

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Reuter and Yoo have brought together the war on terror’s most controversial issues in one definitive collection. As our country continues to move forward in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, these original short essays present dramatically different views on targeted killings, surveillance, interrogation, the Patriot Act, civil liberties in wartime, the Constitution’s separation of powers, and more. These are brilliant scholars, judges, and some of the public officials who were at the center of events at the time of 9/11 and its aftermath. Readers will find agreement, conflict, and rich insight in this volume. It is a must-read for people of all political and ideological stripes.

-U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), Former Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee

The editors have put together a first-class book of essays debating the stubborn legal and policy issues, involving the balance between national security policy and personal liberty, that remain contested ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The choice of essayists is balanced, the essays themselves lucid and accessible, the essayists well-known experts, and many of them insiders with unique insights to offer based on rich practical experience. This is a book of practical reason rather than armchair academic speculation.

-Richard Posner, Federal judge and author of Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency (2006)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594035630
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
431 KB

Meet the Author

Dean Reuter is a senior staff member of the Federalist Society, the premier conservative/libertarian legal group in the country.

John Yoo is law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a former Bush Justice Department official. He is most recently the author of Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power (2010).

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