TERRORISM AND POLITICS
TUES: Terrorism and Limiting Legal Rights
THUR: Terrorism and Government Surveillance
Next Tuesday: Overview of final exam, mini lecture on International Politics.
No Lecture on Thursday December 5th
1. Terrorism: Concept and Competing Interests
2. Legal Rights and Legitimacy
3. Case Study: National Security Certificates
CONCEPT OF TERRORISM
Definition: Use of violence, fear, and intimidation to bring about political goals.
Example: 9/11 Attacks
- Series of coordinated suicide attacks by the Islamic militant group Al-Qaeda.
- Hijacking and crashing of passenger airlines into civilian and government buildings.
- Motives: raise awareness of and alter western foreign policy in Middle East (US troops
in Saudi Arabia; US support of Israel; sanctions against Iraq)
DIRECT IMPACT OF TERRORISM
-Life and Physical Security: harm to citizens
-Political Life: threat to political structure (assassination of political leaders; fear of
-Economic Life: impact on economic growth due to higher security market anxiety
-Individual Freedom: fear from arm leads people to forgo normal activities- participating
in public events, expressing one’s views, belonging to certain associations)
CANADIAN ANTI-TERRORISM LEGISLATION
Secrecy and Surveillance:
-Powers to keep information relating to national security secret from the public (i.e.
activities and techniques of police/security forces).
-Greater electronic surveillance powers
-Public listing of terrorist groups (can include religious and civil groups that may be
indirectly linked to former terrorist organizations)
Arrest and Detainment: