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The Ghost in the Global War on Terror: Critical Perspectives and Dangerous Implications for National Security and the Law


In this Article, I set out to discuss the dangerous implications of the Global War on Terror (GWOT) and, more generally, the attempts of the United States government to address notions of terrorism and its effect on the safety of the United States and world citizens. I am primarily concerned with engaging a poststructuralist critique of the GWOT to strengthen legal discussions of terrorism and national security policy. While many in the legal academy have focused on particular issues relating to terrorism, I will engage in a macro-level analysis of the way the legal academy conceptualizes terrorism — not how it discusses acts of terrorism. While I am concerned with the legal basis for the GWOT, I am more concerned with how our idea of terrorism affects our ability to address terrorism in our legal and political lives and how these decisions affect our national and personal security.