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Reimagining the National Security State: Liberalism on the Brink

Reimagining the National Security State: Liberalism on the Brink

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Cambridge University Press, 11/7/2019
EAN 9781108735803, ISBN10: 1108735800

Paperback, 264 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

Reimagining the National Security State provides the first comprehensive picture of the toll that US government policies took on civil liberties, human rights, and the rule of law in the name of the war on terror. Looking through the lenses of theory, history, law, and policy, the essays in this volume illuminate the ways in which liberal democracy suffered at the hands of policymakers in the name of national security. The contributors, who are leading experts and practitioners in fields ranging from political theory to evolutionary biology, discuss the vast expansion of executive powers, the excessive reliance secrecy, and the exploration of questionable legal territory in matters of detention, criminal justice, targeted killings, and warfare. This book gives the reader an eye-opening window onto the historical precedents and lasting impact the security state has had on civil liberties, human rights and, the rule of law in the name of the war on terror.

Foreword Donald Glascoff
Part I. The National Security State
Power and Purpose in Perspective
1. Who's checking whom? Michael J. Glennon
2. The deep state vs the failed state
illusions and realities in the pursuit of security John Gray
3. A tale of two countries
fundamental rights in the 'war on terror' Douglas Cassel
4. The national security state gone awry
returning to first principles Loch K. Johnson
Part II. Tracking the Decline
5. The illiberal experiment
how Guantanamo became a defining American institution Michel Paradis
6. National security and court deference
ramifications and worrying trends Laura Pitter
7. The zealotry of 'terrorism' Thomas A. Durkin
8. Re-imagining the national security state
illusions and constraints – by the numbers Joshua L. Dratel
9. Beyond counterinsurgency paradigm of governing
letting go of prediction and the illusion of an internal enemy Bernard E. Harcourt
10. Re-establishing the rule of law as national security Mary Ellen O'Connell
Part III. Novel Paths Forward
11. Rethinking the national security state from an evolutionary perspective
a reconnaissance David Sloan Wilson
12. Concluding remarks John Berger
Select bibliography
Index.