In a short time ISIS lost most of the territory gained, and its European strikes to get the West more deeply involved in the conflict by sending troops to Syria and Iraq failed. Alas, most citizens, faced with the imminent destruction of their way of life, will gladly exchange freedom for safety. This terrorism has been going on for a very long time, but these days the neo-fascist impulses of Bush, Cheney and their gang, together with a supine Congress, have seen off the bill of rights and legalised torture and bloody foreign conquest, and caused the US to be feared and hated across the world.
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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. They do it in order to make the job of the security services easier, by assuming greater powers for holding people in detention for longer, increasing surveillance of the whole population from its bank accounts to its library borrowing habits, limiting free speech, giving each individual a number plate in the form of an ID card so that he or she can be tracked and traced everywhere, and more.
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. The United States then invaded Afghanistan forcing al-Qaeda to leave that country.
But once democracy begins to weaken, a terror attack - or a flood, or a mass protest that results in a "threat to public order" - can all be used as excuses to crack down on civil society and make martial law easier - as provided for recently, I am sorry to say, in the US by the Defence Authorisation Act. Please subscribe or login to access full text content.