International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 20, Issue 1, Spring 2006

James Griffith
Pages 107-126

The Tensions Between ‘Criminal’ and ‘Enemy’ as Categories for Globalized Terrorism

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 clear that there is an overarching misunderstanding and confusion of the traditionally separate concepts of ‘criminal’ and ‘enemy’ in the struggle against globalized terrorism.