1: 'Enemy Combatant' or Enemy of the Government?

  • Jean-Claude Paye
Keywords: Imperialism, Political Economy


By introducing the concept of war into national law, the latest U.S. anti-terrorist law, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA), produces a turning point in the legal and political organization of the Western world. It puts an end to a form of state that succeeded in "establishing peace internally and excluding hostility as a concept of law." It is the constituent act of a new form of state that establishes war as a political relation between constituted authorities and national populations.
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