This volume examines the success of the 9/11 attacks in undermining the cherished principles of Western democracy, free speech and tolerance, which were central to US values. It is argued that this has led to the USA fighting disastrous wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to sanctioning the use of torture and imprisonment without trial in Guantánamo Bay, extraordinary rendition, surveillance and drone attacks. At home, it has resulted in restrictions of civil liberties and the growth of an ill-affordable military and security apparatus. In this collection the authors note the irony that the shocking destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11 should become the justification for the relentless expansion of security agencies. Yet, this is a salutary illustration of how the security agencies in the USA have adopted faulty preconceptions, which have become too embedded within the institution to be abandoned without loss of credibility and prestige.
The book presents a timely assessment of both the human rights costs of the ‘war on terror’ and the methods used to wage and relentlessly continue that war. It will be of interest to researchers, academics, practitioners and students in the fields of human rights law, criminal justice, criminology, politics and international studies.
Chapter One: The 'Netanyahu Doctrine', The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, and the invasion of Iraq - Victor Kattan
Chapter Two: United States Legal and Policy Approaches in the Global War on Terror - Milena Sterio
Chapter Three: Guantanamo: A Well-studied Trunk - Joe Margulies
Chapter Four: Experimentative Counter-Terrorism Strategies After 9/11: Limitations of Military Responses to Terrorism and Violent Extremism - Martin Ewi
Chapter Five: Interpreting - Again - the Prohibition of Torture - Stephen Ellmann
Chapter Six: Rendition in Extraordinary Times - Margaret L. Satterthwaite and Alexandra M. Zetes
Chapter Seven: The US Torture of Detainees in Black Sites: A Lesson from Great Britain? - Satvinder S. Juss
Chapter Eight: Litigation Across Borders: Enforcing Human Rights in Transnational Counterterrorism Operations - Jonathan Hafetz
Chapter Nine: Groups and the War on Terror - Steven R. Morrison and Annique M. Lockhard
This series contains thought-provoking and original scholarship on human rights law. The books address civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights, and explore international, regional and domestic legal orders. The legal status, content, obligations and application of specific rights will be analysed as well as treaties, mechanisms and institutions designed to promote and protect rights.