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Chasing Phantoms
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Although a report by the congressionally mandated Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, and Terrorism concluded that biological or nuclear weapons were very likely to be unleashed in the years soon after 2001, what Americans actually have experienced are relatively low-tech threats. Yet even under a new administration, extraordinary domestic and international policies enacted by the U.S. government in the wake of 9/11 remain unchanged. Political scientist and former FBI consultant Michael Barkun argues that a nonrational, emotion-driven obsession with dangers that cannot be seen has played and continues to play an underrecognized role in sustaining the climate of fear that drives the U.S. war on terror.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. ONE: INVISIBLE DANGERS
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. TWO: DISASTER AND TERRORISM
  2. pp. 19-36
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  1. THREE: MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE: Reverse Transparency and Privacy
  2. pp. 37-54
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  1. FOUR: HURRICANE KATRINA, UNSEEN DANGERS, AND THE ALL-HAZARDS POLICY
  2. pp. 55-67
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  1. FIVE: THE IMAGERY OF THE LANDSCAPE OF FEAR
  2. pp. 68-81
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  1. SIX: UNSEEN DANGERS AS DEFILEMENTS
  2. pp. 82-95
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  1. SEVEN: TWO MODELS OF NONRATIONAL ACTION
  2. pp. 96-118
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  1. EIGHT: EXPERTS, NARRATIVES, AND THE PUBLIC
  2. pp. 119-139
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 140-154
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 155-166
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 167-180
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-184
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