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Crimes of Power & States of Impunity: The U.S. Response to Terror
     

Crimes of Power & States of Impunity: The U.S. Response to Terror

by Michael Welch
 

ISBN-10: 0813544351

ISBN-13: 9780813544359

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Since 9/11, a new configuration of power situated at the core of the executive branch of the U.S. government has taken hold. In Crimes of Power & States of Impunity, Michael Welch takes a close look at the key historical, political, and economic forces shaping the country's response to terror.

Welch continues the work he began in Scapegoats of September 11th and

Overview

Since 9/11, a new configuration of power situated at the core of the executive branch of the U.S. government has taken hold. In Crimes of Power & States of Impunity, Michael Welch takes a close look at the key historical, political, and economic forces shaping the country's response to terror.

Welch continues the work he began in Scapegoats of September 11th and argues that current U.S. policies, many enacted after the attacks, undermine basic human rights and violate domestic and international law. He recounts these offenses and analyzes the system that sanctions them, offering fresh insight into the complex relationship between power and state crime. Welch critically examines the unlawful enemy combatant designation, Guantanamo Bay, recent torture cases, and collateral damage relating to the war in Iraq. This book transcends important legal arguments as Welch strives for a broader sociological interpretation of what transpired early this century, analyzing the abuses of power that jeopardize our safety and security.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813544359
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Series:
Critical Issues in Crime and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Part I Presenting History

1 A Post-9/11 World 3

2 A New Configuration of Power 15

Part II Prime Targeting

3 Unlawful Enemy Combatants 33

4 Guantanamo Bay 47

5 Torture 75

Part III Expanding Range

6 Ordering Iraq 95

7 Collateral Damage 113

Part IV Lasting Legacies

8 Governing through Terror 135

9 States of Impunity 157

Appendix 179

Notes 181

Cases 193

References 195

Index 221

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