The Harbinger Theory: How the Post-9/11 Emergency Became Permanent and the Case for Reform by Robert Diab (Hardback, 2015)
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- DescriptionNorth American law has been transformed in ways unimaginable before 9/11. Laws w authorize and courts have condoned indefinite detention without charge based on secret evidence, mass secret surveillance, and targeted killing of US citizens, suggesting a shift in the cultural currency of a liberal form of legality to authoritarian legality. The Harbinger Theory demonstrates that extreme measures have been consistently embraced in politics, scholarship, and public opinion, t in terms of a general fear of the greater threat that terrorism w poses, but a more specific belief that 9/11 was the harbinger of a new order of terror, giving rise to the likelihood of an attack on the same scale as 9/11 or greater in the near future, involving thousands of casualties and possibly weapons of mass destruction. It explains how the harbinger theory shapes debates about rights and security by virtue of rhetorical strategies on the part of political leaders and security experts, and in works of popular culture, in which the theory is often invoked as a self-evident truth, without the need for supporting evidence or authority. It also reveals how liberal advocates tend to be deferential to the theory, aiding its deeper entrenchment through the absence of a prominent public critique of it. In a unique overview of a range of skeptical evidence about the likelihood of mass terror involving WMD or conventional means, this book contends that a potentially more effective basis for reform advocacy is t to dismiss overstated threat claims as implausible or psychologically grounded, but to challenge the harbinger theory directly through the use of contrary evidence.
- Author BiographyRobert Diab is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University, and specializes in Canadian and U.S. national security law, criminal, and constitutional law. He is the author of Guantanamo North: Terrorism and the Administration of Justice in Canada (2008) and co-Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law. He received his LLM and PhD from the University of British Columbia, and holds two other graduate degrees in English literature and interdisciplinary studies. Prior to moving into academia, he practiced criminal law as a BC prosecutor and as a defense attorney.
- Author(s)Robert Diab
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication14/05/2015
- SubjectNational Law: Professional
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight530 g
- Width162 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine26 mm
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