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The Harbinger Theory: How the Post-9/11 Emergency Became Permanent and the Case for Reform

Robert Diab


North American law has been transformed in ways unimaginable before 9/11. Laws now authorize and courts have condoned indefinite detention without charge on secret evidence, mass secret surveillance, and targeted killing of U.S. citizens, suggesting a shift in the cultural currency of a liberal form of legality to authoritarian legality. This book demonstrates that extreme measures have been consistently embraced in politics, scholarship, and public opinion not in terms of a general fear of the greater threat that terrorism now poses, but in a more specific belief that 9/11 was the harbinger o ... More

Keywords: Harbinger theory, counter-terrorism, WMD, fear, threat, detention, surveillance, legality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190243227
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243227.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Diab, author
Thompson Rivers University, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Canada