Americans should fear the enemy of terrorism and also guard against the idea that successful war against Al-Qaeda requires a domestic police state.
Government accountability to the citizens is in jeopardy. Americans should fear the enemy of terrorism, which this strong nation must defeat, and also guard against the idea that successful war against al-Qaeda requires a domestic police state. American policies are not without criticism here and abroad as world misperceptions about the U.S. come ever closer to reality. There is genuine reason for Americans to examine the view that this war against al-Qaeda could institutionalize American empire. That fear now stalks the rest of the world because friends and foes alike know from experience that empires begin at home.