Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and by Harvey Molotch

By Harvey Molotch

Consider whilst an unattended package deal was once simply that, an unattended package deal? consider while the airport used to be a spot that evoked magical chances, no longer the anxiousness of a full-body experiment? within the post-9/11 international, we now have develop into concerned about heightened safety features, yet do you're feeling more secure? Are you more secure?

Against Security explains how our anxieties approximately public safeguard have translated into command-and-control systems that annoy, intimidate, and are frequently counterproductive. Taking readers via assorted ambiguously risky websites, the well known urbanist and top sociologist of the typical, Harvey Molotch, argues that we will be able to use our latest social relationships to make existence more secure and extra humane. He starts off through addressing the faulty technique of taking away public restrooms, which deprives us all of a easy source and denies human dignity to these without position else to head. Subway protection instills worry via courses like "See anything, Say Something" and intrusive searches that experience yielded not anything of price. on the airport, the protection gate reasons crowding and confusion, arduous the dear concentration of TSA employees. ultimately, Molotch indicates how shielding sentiments have translated into the vacuous Freedom Tower on the international alternate heart web site and big blunders in New Orleans, either ahead of and after typhoon Katrina. all through, Molotch deals considerate methods of holding defense that aren't simply strategic yet increase the standard of existence for everybody.

Against Security argues that with replaced regulations and attitudes, redesigned apparatus, and an elevated reliance on our human skill to assist each other, we will be able to be more secure and preserve the excitement and dignity of our day-by-day lives.

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Thereby it would defuse the issues that had generated any support for bin Laden or that had created fertile ground for recruitment by jihadist organizations. There were even hopes that after the military campaign in Afghanistan the United States government might seek to promote a resolution of the impasse in the Israeli–Palestinian peace process. These hopes and assumptions proved to be very wide of the mark. After Afghanistan President Bush turned to the issue not of addressing alienation in the Muslim world but of regime change in Iraq.

Conveys this well. 16 It underscores Bergen’s analysis that neglect of appropriately focused intelligence-gathering was largely to blame for America’s lack of preparedness. Bergen describes what happened on 11 September as ‘the most significant failure in the history of American intelligence-gathering’ and he comments scathingly: ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh, a hapless twentyyear-old Californian, had ended up fighting with the Taliban and meeting bin Laden in Afghanistan. 17 Subsequently, in much the same way as happened in the case of Pearl Harbour, a much more complex picture emerged that the authorities had in their possession all manner of pieces of information that might have alerted them to the attacks.

29 The relationship with the Taliban gave al-Qaeda a secure base for training and planning its international operations, but it also made the organization vulnerable to the deployment of conventional military forces. The presence within Afghanistan of forces opposed to the Taliban regime meant that it was even possible to achieve the objective of overthrowing the Taliban regime without deployment of American ground forces. The combination of American air power and the Northern Alliance proved remarkably effective in routing the Taliban.

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