Book — 1 online resource (xi, 223 pages). Digital: data file.
A post-9/11 world
A new configuration of power
Unlawful enemy combatants
Governing through terror
States of impunity.
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 & 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. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (ix, 244 pages) : illustrations Digital: data file.
1. Prelude to the Fifth Column Scare: The Lessons of World War I
2. Dangerous Demagogues, Men on Horseback, and Native Fascists
3. The Opening Alarm: The Rumrich Spy Case
4. Other Fifth Columns: Italy, the Soviet Union, and Japan
5. "Perfidious Albion": Great Britain and the Fifth Column
6. The Fifth Column in Europe
7. Keeping the Panic Alive: German Propaganda, Espionage, and Sabotage in the United States
8. Franklin Roosevelt and the Fifth Column
9. J. Edgar Hoover versus the Nazis.
Nazi Germany's efforts to weaken the United States by subversion failed miserably. Bungling spies were captured and half-hearted efforts at sabotage came to nothing. Yet anyone who lived through WWII remembers the chilling posters warning Americans that Enemy Agents Have Big Ears and Loose Lips Sink Ships. Even Superman joined the struggle against these insidious foes. In 1940, polls showed that 71% of Americans believed a Nazi Fifth Column had penetrated the country. Almost half were convinced that spies, saboteurs, dupes, and rumor-mongers lurked in their own neighborhoods and work-places. These fears extended to the White House and Congress. In this book, Francis MacDonnell explains the origins and consequences of America's Fifth Column panic, arguing that conviction and expedience encouraged President Roosevelt, the FBI, Congressmen, Churchill's government, and Hollywood to legitimate and exacerbate American's fears. Gravely weakening the isolationists, fostering Congress's role in rooting out Un-American activities, and instigating the creation of the modern intelligence establishment, the Fifth Column scare did far more than sell movie tickets, comic books, and pulp fiction. Insidious Foes traces the panic from its origins in the minds of reasonable Americans who saw the vulnerability of their open society in an age of encroaching totalitarianism.a". (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Insidious Foes explores the `case of national jitters' that occurred in the United States from 1938 to 1942 about the existence of a German fifth column movement, and how the government and citizens exaggerated what was actually a modest German effort. (source: Nielsen Book Data)