Bombs may rouse a monster
April 22, 2013
An overreaction to Boston could see the US wielding excessive powers against the wrong people.
The World Trade Centre's destruction on September 11 is the obvious example of an event used to justify the expansion of security agencies. For a compendium of these events, it is well worth reading the newly published The Annals of Unsolved Crime by Edward Jay Epstein, one of the greatest American investigative journalists. It is a compelling and informed account of how crime and the needs of power and politics intertwine.
Patrick Cockburn is an award-winning Middle East correspondent for The Independent.
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