Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism

John Mueller Mark Stewart

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Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism

Chasing Ghosts The Policing of Terrorism Since the United States has created or reorganized than two counterterrorism organizations for every apprehension it has made of Islamists apparently planning to commit terrorism within the coun

  • Title: Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism
  • Author: John Mueller Mark Stewart
  • ISBN: 9780190237318
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Since 2001, the United States has created or reorganized than two counterterrorism organizations for every apprehension it has made of Islamists apparently planning to commit terrorism within the country Central to this massive enterprise is what the FBI frequently calls ghost chasing the efforts by police and intelligence agencies to follow up on over ten millionSince 2001, the United States has created or reorganized than two counterterrorism organizations for every apprehension it has made of Islamists apparently planning to commit terrorism within the country Central to this massive enterprise is what the FBI frequently calls ghost chasing the efforts by police and intelligence agencies to follow up on over ten million tips Less than one alarm in 10,000 fails to be false the rest all point to ghosts And the vast majority of the leads deemed to be productive have led to terrorist enterprises that are either trivial or at most aspirational As John Mueller and Mark G Stewart suggest in Chasing Ghosts, it is often an exercise in dueling delusions an extremist has delusions about changing the world by blowing something up, and the authorities have delusions that he might actually be able to overcome his patent inadequacies to do so.Chasing Ghosts systematically examines this expensive, exhausting, bewildering, chaotic, and paranoia inducing process It evaluates the counterterrorism efforts of the FBI, the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and local policing agencies In addition, it draws from a rich set of case studies to appraise the capacities of the terrorist adversary and to scrutinize the myth of the mastermind Mueller and Stewart also look closely at public opinion, a key driving force in counterterrorism efforts The chance that an American will be killed by a terrorist within the country is about one in four million per year under present conditions However, poll data suggest that, although over a trillion dollars has been spent on domestic counterterrorism since 2001, Americans say they do not feel safer No defense of civil liberties is likely to be effective as long as people and officials continue to believe that the threat from terrorism is massive, even existential.The book does not argue that there is nothing for the ghost chasers to find the terrorist adversary is real and does exist The question that is central to the exercise but one the ghost chasers never really probe is an important and rather straight forward one is the chase worth the effort Or is it excessive given the danger that terrorism actually presents As Chasing Ghosts shows in vivid detail, standard evaluative procedures suggest that the costs often far outweigh the benefits.

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    One thought on “Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism

    1. Donna Davis on said:

      I suspect just about everyone in the USA, or who frequently has to travel to the USA, is heartily sick of the extreme security measures that raise our taxes through the roof and cause so many delays, inconveniences, and even the confiscation of ordinary products that cost us a fair amount of money, on those occasions that we foolishly forget not to take them with us on the plane. The racial profiling makes it even worse. And so I requested this DRC from Net Galley and Oxford University Press wit [...]

    2. Tyler Johnson on said:

      The book tries to quantify the terrorism threat in the United States as well as the domestic counterterrorism approaches taken by our government. This includes many cost-benefit analyses to evaluate measures like the NSA's surveillance programs, the Federal Air Marshall Service, the FBI's counterterrorism budget, etc.For the most part, I found Mueller's arguments to be convincing, especially when taken as a whole. He shows all of his work and avoids oversimplified conclusions. At times, he is li [...]

    3. Noelle on said:

      Well-researched and compelling arguments with cost-benefit analyses on the trillions of dollars spent on counterterrorism efforts, and how few lives are saved/ terrorism plots are thwarted. Examines public fear and its effect on policy-makers and security officials--especially paranoia overreaction of such officials.

    4. George Hodgson on said:

      A decent read. The authors do a pretty good job of explaining manufactured fear. It seems a lot of the money spent on the terrorism could be better spent in areas where more lives would be saved.

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