The United States, International Law, and the Struggle against Terrorism

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-25
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book discusses the critical legal issues raised by the US responses to the terrorist threat, analyzing their compliance with international law. The book extrapolates from the actions of the USA, going on to look at the difficulties all modern democracies face in trying to combat international terrorism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of abbreviationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
The West's colonization of Muslim lands and the rise of Islamic fundamentalismp. 1
"The global war on terrorism": A mislabeling of the terrorist challenge?p. 36
Imprisoning suspected agents of terrorp. 43
Torture lightp. 45
Torture heavyp. 68
The allure of the "ticking time bomb" hypotheticalp. 91
Beyond locking 'em up and throwing away the key? Indefinite detention, habeas corpus, and the right to a fair trialp. 102
Stopping terrorists on the groundp. 135
Acceptable "collateral damage"? Taking innocent life in conducting the "war on terrorism"p. 137
Assassinating suspected terrorists: "The dark side" of the war on terror?p. 156
Carrying out the death penalty in the "war on terrorism": Getting just desert or creating martyrs?p. 170
Ethnic and racial profiling: A misguided counter-terror tactic?p. 208
Invading and occupying Muslim countriesp. 243
The invasion and occupation of Iraq: Aggression or a justified resort to force?p. 245
The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan: The legal challenge posed by the haven sratep. 259
Conquest, colonization, and the right of self-determinationp. 275
Glossaryp. 288
Indexp. 291
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