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Terrorism and America: A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society

Terrorism and America: A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society

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An evenhanded look at how democracies can fight terrorism while maintaining a healthy society.

The bombings of the World Trade Center and the Oklahoma City federal building have shown that terrorist attacks can happen anywhere in the United States. Around the globe, massacres, hijackings, and bombings of airliners are frequent reminders of the threat of terrorism. The use of poison gas in the Tokyo subway has raised the specter of even more horrible forms of terror — including the use of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. In this book, Philip Heymann argues that the United States and other democracies can fight terrorism while preserving liberty and maintaining a healthy, unified society. Drawing on his experience in the US Departments of State and Justice, he shows how domestic and foreign intelligence-gathering can thwart terrorism, how the United States must cooperate and share information with its allies, and how terrorism can be prevented in many cases. Terrorism will never disappear completely, but the policies Heymann offers can limit the harm to Americans and protect the integrity of US governmental processes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262581974
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/25/2000
Series: Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 215
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Philip B. Heymann is James Barr Ames Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a former Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He is author of Terrorism, Freedom, and Security (2003) and Preserving Liberty in an Age of Terror (2005), both published by the MIT Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface to the Paperback Edition ix
Preface xvii
An Introduction to Terrorism
The Special Problems Presented by International Terrorism
Hostage and Other Negotiations
International Cooperation in Preventing and Punishing Terrorism
State-Sponsored Terrorism and Retaliation
Prevention of Terrorism: An Overview
Using the Criminal Justice System to Catch and Punish
Domestic Intelligence-Gathering and Processing in the United States
A Strategy of Common Sense
Notes 159(8)
Index 167(13)
About the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs 180

What People are Saying About This

John Deutch

Few individuals can bring Heymann's combination of legal scholarship and practical policy experience to the subject.

From the Publisher

"A useful contribution to the growing body of work on terrorism." Ronald Payne Times Literary Supplement

The MIT Press

Professor Ariel Merari

In an area burdened with cliches this book is a breeze of sanity and wisdom... It is must reading for every person concerned with coping with terrorism in a democratic society.

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