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"Building upon the work of Foucault and his philosophical heirs, Welch presents a reasoned, sober and provocative analysis of the US government's abuses of power during the war on terror. Relying on careful depictions of the way in which security trumped criminal justice and government by terror replaced government by law, Welch adapts traditional theories of power, punishment and sovereignty to address Guantanamo, torture, and the war in Iraq, creating a searing portrait of the costs of these recent crimes of power and their claim to impunity."

Karen Greenberg, Executive Director, Center on Law and Security, New York University School of Law"A valuable, at times gripping, account and analysis of the crimes committed by various US government agencies and officers in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy."

David Kauzlarich, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville"Michael Welch was one of the first scholars to grasp the enormity of the implications for law and international relations of the American response to the attacks of September 11th. This volume offers a critical and disturbing insight into the ways in which our world has changed irrevocably since those attacks."

Conor Gearty, London School of Economics

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Since 9/11, a new configuration of power situated at the core of the executive branch of the U.S. government has taken hold. In Crimes of Power and States of Impunity, Michael Welch takes a close look at the key historical, political, and economic forces shaping the country's response to terror.

Welch continues the work he began in Scapegoats of September 11th and argues that current U.S. policies, many enacted after the attacks, undermine basic human rights and violate domestic and international law. He recounts these offenses and analyzes the system that sanctions them, offering fresh insight into the complex relationship between power and state crime. Welch critically examines the unlawful enemy combatant designation, Guantanamo Bay, recent torture cases, and collateral damage relating to the war in Iraq. This book transcends important legal arguments as Welch strives for a broader sociological interpretation of what transpired early this century, analyzing the abuses of power that jeopardize our safety and security.

Synopsis:

Since 9/11, a new configuration of power situated at the core of the executive branch of the U.S. government has taken hold. In Crimes of Power and States of Impunity, Michael Welch takes a close look at the key historical, political, and economic forces shaping the country's response to terror.

About the Author

Michael Welch is a professor of criminal justice at Rutgers University. He is the author of many books, including Scapegoats of September 11th (Rutgers University Press).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813544342
Author:
Welch, Michael
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Intelligence service
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
Subject:
Intelligence service -- United States.
Subject:
National security -- United States.
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Crime-Enforcement and Investigation
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Critical Issues in Crime and Society
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Since 9/11, a new configuration of power situated at the core of the executive branch of the U.S. government has taken hold. In Crimes of Power and States of Impunity, Michael Welch takes a close look at the key historical, political, and economic forces shaping the country's response to terror.

Welch continues the work he began in Scapegoats of September 11th and argues that current U.S. policies, many enacted after the attacks, undermine basic human rights and violate domestic and international law. He recounts these offenses and analyzes the system that sanctions them, offering fresh insight into the complex relationship between power and state crime. Welch critically examines the unlawful enemy combatant designation, Guantanamo Bay, recent torture cases, and collateral damage relating to the war in Iraq. This book transcends important legal arguments as Welch strives for a broader sociological interpretation of what transpired early this century, analyzing the abuses of power that jeopardize our safety and security.

"Synopsis" by , Since 9/11, a new configuration of power situated at the core of the executive branch of the U.S. government has taken hold. In Crimes of Power and States of Impunity, Michael Welch takes a close look at the key historical, political, and economic forces shaping the country's response to terror.
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