✓ Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them || ✓ PDF Read by ✓ John E. Mueller

By John E. Mueller | Comments: ( 414 ) | Date: ( Dec 06, 2019 )

Why have there been no terrorist attacks in the United States since 9 11 It is ridiculously easy for a single person with a bomb filled backpack, or a single explosives laden automobile, to launch an attack So why hasn t it happened The answer is surely not the Department of Homeland Security, which cannot stop terrorists from entering the country, legally or otherwise.Why have there been no terrorist attacks in the United States since 9 11 It is ridiculously easy for a single person with a bomb filled backpack, or a single explosives laden automobile, to launch an attack So why hasn t it happened The answer is surely not the Department of Homeland Security, which cannot stop terrorists from entering the country, legally or otherwise It is surely not the Iraq war, which has stoked the hatred of Muslim extremists around the world and wasted many thousands of lives Terrorist attacks have been regular events for many years usually killing handfuls of people, occasionally than that Is it possible that there is a simple explanation for the peaceful American homefront Is it possible that there are no al Qaeda terrorists here Is it possible that the war on terror has been a radical overreaction to a rare event Consider 80,000 Arab and Muslim immigrants have been subjected to fingerprinting and registration, and than 5,000 foreign nationals have been imprisoned yet there has not been a single conviction for a terrorist crime in America A handful of plots some deadly, some intercepted have plagued Europe and elsewhere, and even so, the death toll has been modest.We have gone to war in two countries and killed tens of thousands of people We have launched a massive domestic wiretapping program and created vast databases of information once considered private Politicians and pundits have berated us about national security and patriotic duty, while encroaching our freedoms and sending thousands of young men off to die.It is time to consider the hypothesis that dare not speak its name we have wildly overreacted Terrorism has been used by murderous groups for many decades, yet even including 9 11, the odds of an American being killed by international terrorism are microscopic In general, international terrorism doesn t do much damage when considered in almost any reasonable context.The capacity of al Qaeda or of any similar group to do damage in the United States pales in comparison to the capacity other dedicated enemies, particularly international Communism, have possessed in the past Lashing out at the terrorist threat is frequently an exercise in self flagellation because it is usually expensive than the terrorist attack itself and because it gives the terrorists exactly what they are looking for Much, probably most, of the money and effort expended on counterterrorism since 2001 and before, for that matter has been wasted.The terrorism industry and its allies in the White House and Congress have preyed on our fears and caused enormous damage It is time to rethink the entire enterprise and spend much smaller amounts on only those things that do matter intelligence, law enforcement, and disruption of radical groups overseas Above all, it is time to stop playing into the terrorists hands, by fear mongering and helping spread terror itself.


  • Title: Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them
  • Author: John E. Mueller
  • ISBN: 9781416541714
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover

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Comments Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them

  • Sean Rosenthal

    Interesting Quotes:There are quite a few elemental aspects of the terrorism issue that have been almost entirely ignored in the media. For example, the suggestion that an American's chance of being killed by a terrorist is very, very small. Or that another hijacking attack like the ones on 9/11 is impossible because passengers and crew would forcefully interfere. Or that chemical weapons can't wreak mass destruction[S]houldn't they at least be DISCUSSED in the media?" -John Mueller, Overblown"Th [...]


  • Craigtator

    It's depressing that this book has 7 reviews and 57 ratings (as of me writing this). The book has been out for 10 years.Although not particularly elegantly or engagingly written, it has an important message. Just like with the Cold War, Castro, the Japanese economic miracle, and the Ayatollah, the US has managed to grossly overestimate and over react to the threat of Islamic terrorism.The fact that countervailing opinions such of these are never heard just shows how powerful the emotion of fear [...]


  • Damion

    I'm in trouble with the library for keeping this one out so long. Using past events like Pearl Harbor and McCarthyism to analyze our present crisis, Mueller gives us a picture of where the Bush administration is going wrong and how to fix it. The fact that he is an academic writing recommendations keeps this book from being yet another pundit's exercise in masturbatory ranting.


  • Frank

    The author makes some good points, and talks about an important issue that gets almost zero media attention. Good book overall; although to get through it you should have an enthusiasm for an in-depth treatment of the subject.


  • Kelly

    Very thought-provoking book. I agreed with some ideas, thought others should be better documented, and disagreed with a few ideas. On the whole, easy to read and definitely gets your mind workingwhich is the point of the book!


  • Leonard Pierce

    A solid if unspectacular entry in the vital recent trend in recent political writing towards "fear theory". Mueller's prose isn't spectacular and the book is more informative than revelatory, but it's a good place to start, and one of the first entries in the field.


  • Jason Keisling

    It gets redundant at times, but overall this is a good criticism of terrorism hysteria and how the media and politicians use fear mongering to inflate terrorism.


  • Frank

    Very interesting take on the "terror-industrial" complex.


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