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

Jean-Claude Paye

Abstract


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.

Keywords


Imperialism; Political Economy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14452/MR-059-04-2007-08_1

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