Terrorism and America: A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society Essay

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Terrorism and America: A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society
Philip B. Heymann
MIT Press, 1998
Heymann, the James Barr Ames Professor of Law and Harvard Law School and a former deputy Attorney General of the United States, argues that the U.S. and other democracies can fight terrorism while preserving liberty and maintaining a healthy society. He draws on the first WTC bombings and the Oklahoma City case as examples of domestic terrorism that can be addressed with the policies he lays out. (Review by Camille Reynolds) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Terrorism And America
A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society
By Philip B. Heymann
ISBN: 9780262581974 | 215 pp. | 5.9 x 8.8 in | August 2000
Overview
The bombings of the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the Oklahoma City federal building have shown that terrorist attacks can happen anywhere in the United States. In this book, Philip Heymann argues that the United States and other democracies can fight terrorism while preserving liberty and maintaining a healthy, unified society. Drawing on his experience in the US Departments of State and Justice, he shows how domestic and foreign intelligence-gathering can thwart terrorism, how the United States must cooperate and share information with its allies, and how terrorism can be prevented in many cases. Heymann has written a new introduction for the paperback edition.
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.
Reviews
"A useful contribution to the growing body of work on terrorism.", Ronald Payne, Times Literary Supplement
"Heymann offers a range of intelligent... suggestions for handling traditional terrorist threats, from avoiding concessions, cooperating with allies, and prosecuting suspects, to relying on crack hostage-rescue teams or military retaliation where appropriate. He makes a persuasive case for avoiding overreaction, arguing both that it would be tragic for democracies to abandon their cherished freedoms and principles in a quest for absolute security and that there is little reason to believe that a heavy-handed approach to counter-terrorism would work.", Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs
Endorsements
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"In an area burdened with cliches, this book is a breeze of sanity and wisdom... It is must reading for every person concerned with coping with terrorism in a democratic society."
—Professor Ariel Merari, Head of the Political Violence Unit, Tel Aviv University, and founder and former commander of Israel's Hostage Negotiations and Crisis Management Team
Terrorism, Freedom, And Security
Winning Without War
By Philip B. Heymann
ISBN: 9780262083270 | 228 pp. | 6 x 9 in | August 2003
Overview
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…