The Tensions between "Criminal" and "Enemy" as Categories for Globalized Terrorism

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Griffith J. E. C.

International Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol.20, no.1, pp.107-126, 2006 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.5840/ijap200620112
  • Title of Journal : International Journal of Applied Philosophy
  • Page Numbers: pp.107-126


This paper examines the tensions at play in three important documents involved in the 'war on terror': the "Application of Treaties"White House Legal Counsel Memo of 2001, the "National Security Strategy"document of 2002, and the 2004 Supreme Court decision Hamdi v. Rumsfeld. Reading these documents, it becomes clearthat there is an overarchingmisunderstanding and confusion of the traditionallyseparate concepts of 'criminal' and 'enemy' in the struggle against globalized terrorism.