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NCJ Number: NCJ 193998     Find in a Library
Title: Bin Laden, Crime and Opportunism
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Author(s): R. T. Naylor
Date Published: 11/03/2001
Page Count: 13
  Annotation: This article examines policy and programs developed to respond to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and argues that these responses have an improvised and even desperate air and are not carefully reasoned probes of social and political problems that are, to some extent, the consequences of past mistakes.
Abstract: The rush for new legislation and policies to neutralize the perpetrators and prevent a repetition of the September 11 attacks have included tightening immigration regulations, increased police powers to hold suspects incommunicado, expanded information gathering, and a stimulus package to offset the economic damage of the attacks. However, it is not clear that these approaches will really target the program; it is also possible that some of the approaches result from vested interests’ taking the opportunity to promote their own agendas in the name of national security. The case against bin Laden as responsible rests on myth, confusion, and hyperbole from the mass media. The probable consequences of the economic and security policies include an increase in the covert-action budgets of the major intelligence services, an increase in military budgets, a series of ugly little wars to settle scores and crush opposition in the name of national security and counterterrorism, pressures to increase the use of fossil fuels, and a return of Afghanistan to feuding fiefdoms based on clan, tribe, and control of contraband rather than a normal government. Resting policies on a sort of blind lashing out at external devils is a dangerous basis for making profound and potentially long-term decisions that will have a crucial impact on national security, criminal law, and social justice. 13 references
Main Term(s): Crime control policies
Index Term(s): Policy ; National security ; Counter-terrorism tactics ; Crime prevention planning ; Counter-terrorism intelligence
Sale Source: Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Country: Canada
Language: English
Note: Provided to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service as a courtesy by Dr. Margaret Beare, Director of the Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption at York University, Toronto, Ontario.
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