Homeland (In)Security: The Shield

  • Robert J. Jackson
  • Philip Towle


There are times when people believe the story of their lives or their country breaks into two periods: the before and the after. Following such an irreparable break people discover that they have changed and will never be the same again; some become stronger and others more vulnerable. Deep-seated fear and apprehension sweep away the insignificant and force them to focus on fundamentals such as security and liberty. Such were the events of 9/11 and their unintended consequences. American political leaders referred to the event as having ‘changed everything’ and, while they brandished their sword, they set about insulating the homeland by shielding it from the world.


Nuclear Weapon Terrorist Attack Civil Liberty Homeland Security Geneva Convention 
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© Robert J. Jackson and Philip Towle 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Jackson
    • 1
  • Philip Towle
    • 2
  1. 1.University of RedlandsUSA
  2. 2.Centre of International StudiesCambridge UniversityUK

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