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 (Scopus)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.5840/ijap200620112
  • Journal Name: International Journal of Applied Philosophy
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Philosopher's Index, Political Science Complete, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.107-126
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


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.