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The Rhetoric of TerrorReflections on 9/11 and the War on Terror$
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Marc Redfield

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231232

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231232.001.0001

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. Sovereignty at War

. Sovereignty at War

2. Sovereignty at War
The Rhetoric of Terror

Marc Redfield

Fordham University Press

The sovereign claim to exception was absolute, as always — the Bush administration's position was that the court had no business reviewing the case at all — but was checked in this instance by the court's own (“sovereign”) decision provisionally to integrate Guantánamo into the polity's rule of law. War is the ultimate enactment of the sovereign exception, as sovereignty has become more visibly fractured in the modern era, the word “war” has proliferated all the more virulently and become all the harder to pin down. Like the sovereignty it enacts, war is both inside and outside the law. The development of a permanent war economy in the early twentieth century began palpably to saturate the texture of civil life in the era of the Cold War.

Keywords:   sovereignty, war, sovereign exception, civil life, war economy, Cold War

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