Terrorism and the law: historical contexts, contemporary dilemmas and the end(s) of democracy

Chadwick, E., 1996. Terrorism and the law: historical contexts, contemporary dilemmas and the end(s) of democracy. Crime, Law and Social Change, 26 (4), pp. 329-350. ISSN 0925-4994

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Abstract

Recent proposals by the G7 (and Russia) to clamp down on "terrorists" and "terrorism" do not define that which is prohibited. Instead, a threat is communicated which in turn allows, among other things, greater attention to be paid officially to "camouflage" charities and "terrorist" use of the Internet . Nevertheless, it is somewhat of a truism to note that terrorist violence is ultimately defined or characterized, for purposes of legal prohibition, within a highly politicized atmosphere. Starting with a short summary of "anti-terrorist" codification efforts made this century, this article examines some of the "security interests" cited by governments today in their respective struggles against "terrorism." More specifically, it is argued that individual perceptions of personal and societal threat are heightened unnecessarily not only by a constant stream of governmental "anti -terrorist" rhetoric , but further, by an awareness of official and un official methods of "anti-terrorist" surveillance, and the use to which the information so obtained can be put.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publication Title: Crime, Law and Social Change
Creators: Chadwick, E.
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Date: 1996
Volume: 26
Number: 4
ISSN: 0925-4994
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10.1007/BF00138900DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:15
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/24970

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