Terrorism, Freedom, and Security
On September 11, 2001, the United States began to consider the terrorist threat in a new light. Terrorism was no longer something that happened in other countries on other continents but became a pressing domestic concern for the US government and American citizens. The nation suddenly faced a protracted struggle.
In Terrorism, Freedom, and Security, Philip Heymann continues the discussion of responses to terrorism that he began in his widely read Terrorism and America. He argues that diplomacy, intelligence, and international law should play a larger role than military action in our counterterrorism policy; instead of waging "war" against terrorism, the United States needs a broader range of policies. Heymann believes that many of the policies adopted since September 11—including trials before military tribunals, secret detentions, and the subcontracting of interrogation to countries where torture is routine—are at odds with American political and legal traditions and create disturbing precedents. Americans should not be expected to accept apparently indefinite infringements on civil liberties and the abandonment of such constitutional principles as separation of powers and the rule of law. Heymann believes that the United States can guard against the continuing threat of terrorism while keeping its traditional democratic values in place.
About the Author
Philip B. Heymann is James Barr Ames Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a former Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He is author of Terrorism, Freedom, and Security (2003) and Preserving Liberty in an Age of Terror (2005), both published by the MIT Press.
—Ariel Merari, Head of the Political Violence Research Unit, Tel Aviv University
—Richard Goldstone, Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa, and Chairperson, International Bar Association International Task Force on Terrorism
—Luis Moreno Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
—Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-MA), senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation
—Martha Crenshaw, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor of Global Issues and Democratic Thought, Wesleyan University
—Rand Beers, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Combating Terrorism, National Security Council, 2002-2003
—General Barry R. McCaffrey, USA (Ret), Bradley Professor of International Security , United States Military Academy, former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy