2 thoughts on “Politics of terror threats”

  1. Professor John E. Mueller has been challenging “The Myth of the Omnipresent Enemy” in recent years. Here are a few clips of his appearances:
    http://www.videosurf.com/john-mueller-176091

    Mueller’s all time masterpiece is a book titled, Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them. New York: Free Press, 2006.

    Also see Mueller’s Terrorphobia: Our False Sense of Insecurity, American Interest, May/June 2008, pp. 6-13 http://www.the-american-interest.com/ai2/article.cfm?Id=418&MId=19

    For a more deeper familiarity with such voices of reason check out http://polisci.osu.edu/faculty/jmueller/overblown.html

    Other works to note include

    George Kassimeris (ed.). Playing Politics with Terrorism: A User’s Guide.”
    London: Hurst Publishers Ltd., 2007. 334 pp., $24.50, paper. ISBN: 978-1-850565-863-4.
    http://www.opendemocracy.net/terrorism/articles/George_Kassimeris_1308

    Click to access ISA_theghostsofstateterror.pdf

  2. In the same boat as Baer is Tyler Drumheller, former European CIA station chief who was at the heart of the intelligence failures leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Like Baer, he’s got a book too – On The Brink. It’s a good read.

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