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.
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