How Politicians and the
Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We
by John Mueller, published in November 2006 by Free Press (amazon.com is selling the book at a substantial discount.)
Explanation by astronomer Alan Harris of the calculation on p. 2 comparing the risks of being killed by an international terrorist with being killed by an asteroid, in pdf.
On Fox and Friends, September 12, 2006. video segment with written commentary by News Hounds
the Night. Paper presented at International Studies Association
from presentation on panel dealing with
issues of risk (together with Paul Slovic and Detlof von Winterfeldt),
Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of
Security, Bellingham, Washington, September 28, 2005 pdf (panel begins on page 16 of the document)
Why not cool down the terrorism rhetoric a little. Questions the Press
Should Ask, Nieman Watchdog, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard
University, September 23, 2005 html
Simplicity and Spook: Terrorism and the Dynamics of Threat Exaggeration. Paper presented at the National Convention of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 2, 2005 (later and longer version of the International Studies Perspectives article below) pdf
Simplicity and Spook: Terrorism and the Dynamics of Threat Exaggeration. 6 International Studies Perspectives 155-73 (May 2005) pdfA False Sense of Insecurity? Regulation, Fall 2004, pp. 42-46 pdf
PUBLICATIONS OF INTEREST
Anne. Finding Things to Fear.
Arkin, William M. Goodbye War on Terrorism, Hello Long War. http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning 26 January 2006 html
----. What the 9/11 Plotter Tells Us. http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/early warning 30 March 2006 html
David A. Apocalypse no. Los Angeles Times 28
James T. Homeland Security
Scams. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2006
Zbigniew. Terrorized by 'War on Terror' Washington Post 25 March
Michael Chertoff's response to this article, "Make No Mistake: This is
War," Washington Post
22 April 2007 html
Glenn R. Overstating Our Fears. Washington Post, 13 July
2008, B7 html
Chapman, Clark R, and Alan W. Harris. A Skeptical Look at September 11th: How We Can Defeat Terrorism by Reacting to It More Rationally. Skeptical Inquirer September/October 2002: 29-34 html
Steve. Terrorism crisis has passed. Chicago Tribune, 12 July
Terrorists Can't Make the Big 1. Chicago Tribune, 7 February
William R. Bracing for
Armageddon? New York: Oxford University Press, 2008
Roger D. Terrorism, Interest-Group Politics, and Public Policy. Independent Review Summer
Rugy, Veronique. What Does Homeland Security
Spending Buy? Working Paper #107.
Dreyfus, Robert. There Is No War on Terror. 13 September 2006, On tompaine.com html
The Phony War. Rolling
Stone, 21 September 2006 html
Dyer, Gwynne. Various columns archived at gwynnedyer.com
Easterbrook, Gregg. Term Limits: The Meaninglessness of "WMD." New Republic 7 October 2002
Jerry, Amos Guiora, and Kyle McKenzie. A Framework for Evaluating
Counterterrorism Regulations. Mercatus Policy Series, Mercatus Center,
George Mason University, September 2006 pdf
James. Declaring Victory.
Endgaming the Terror War (interviewed by Abagail Cutler).
theatlantic.com, 8 August 2006 html
Credit to the pioneers (updated). theatlantic.com, 25 May 2008 html
Various postings on jamesfallows.com
Friedman, Benjamin. Leap Before You Look: The Failure of Homeland Security. Breakthroughs 13(1) Spring 2004 pdf
The Real Cost of Homeland Security.
alternet.org, 9 February 2006 html
The Terrible 'Ifs'. Regulation
Winter 2008 pdf
---- and Harvey Sapolsky, You Never Know(ism). Breakthroughs Spring 2006 pdf
Frank. Culture of Fear:
Risk-Taking and the Morality of Low Expectations. London:
Invitation to Terror: The
Expanding Empire of the Unknown. London: Continuum, 2007
Daniel. The Science of Fear.
New York: Dutton, 2008
Fawaz A. The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global.
Barry. The Culture of Fear: Why Americans
Are Afraid of the Wrong Things.
Siobhan. Fear Factor. National Journal 10
William Norman. Terrorism Is a Deadly Nuisance--Not an Existential
Threat. John Birch Society website, 13 September 2006 html
Jim. Terrorism and Terrorism Counter-Strategy: Some Rudimentary,
Necessary Thoughts. cato @ liberty 30 January 2008 html
David. The Fading Jihadists. Washington
Post 28 February 2008, p. A17 html
Josef. Security Uber Alles. American
Interest May/June 2008 html
Robert H. Improbable Dangers:
Guy. The Fear Factory. Rolling
Stone 7 February 2008 html
Milton. Assessing the Biological Weapons
and Bioterrorism Threat.
Ian S. Trapped in the War on Terror.
Andrew. Human Security Brief
2007. Vancouver, BC: Human Security Report Project,
Simon Fraser University, 2008) pdf
Meselson, Matthew. The Myth of Chemical Superweapons. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists April 1991
Luke. A Run on Terror: The Rising Cost of Fear
Itself. Harper's March 2004
Christopher. Don't Worry, Be Vigilant. 7 February 2007, On American Spectator online
Corey. Bin Laden's next target? Augusta is spending millions to guard
its fire hydrants from terrorists. Whatever it takes to protect our
precious bodily fluids. Metro
Spirit (Augusta, Georgia) 23-29 May 2007 html
Phillips, Zach. Security Theater. Government Executive, 1 August 2007 pdf
Jeffrey. Bounding the Global
War on Terrorism Carlisle Barracks, PA: Strategic Studies
Institute, U.S. Army War College, December 2003 html
Paul. The Good News About Terrorism. Spectator (London), 2 April
Louise. What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy,
Containing the Threat New York: Random House,
Jeffrey. The Naked Crowd.
Brian. Secret FBI Report Questions Al Qaeda
Capabilities: No 'True' Al Qaeda Sleeper Agents Have Been Found in
Marc. Leaderless Jihad.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.
Bruce. Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About
Security in an Uncertain World.
Portrait of the Modern Terrorist as an Idiot. From Wired News, 14 June 2007 html
Various postings on schneier.com
Seitz, Russell. Weaker Than We Think. American Conservative 6 December 2004 html
Marc. False Alarm: The Truth About the
Epidemic of Fear.
Jeremy. Managing Homeland
Security: Develop a Threat-Based Strategy. Washington, DC:
Brookings, 2007. pdf
Jeffrey D. The Terrorist Trap:
Michael, and Michael J. Flannagan. Consequences for road traffic
fatalities of the reduction in flying following September 11, 2001.
Transportaion Research Part
F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, Vol.
7, Issues 4-5, July-September 2004 html
Patrick. The Airport Security Follies. nytimes.com December 28, 2007 html
Mary. Weeki Wachee mermaids in terrorists' cross hairs? St. Petersburg Times 22
April 2005 html
Stewart, Mark G. Cost-Effectiveness of Risk Mitigation Strategies for Protection of Buildings against Terrorist Attack. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, forthcoming pdf
John. Terror Porn. 7 March 2007, On creators.com html
Cass R. Terrorism and Probability Neglect. Journal
of Risk and Uncertainty 26(2/3) March-May 2003
Tierney, John. Waiting for Al Qaeda. New York Times 9 September 2006, A27
Osama's Spin Lessons. New
York Times 12 September 2006, A23
Living in Fear and Paying a High Cost in Heart Risk. New York Times, January 15,
Christoph, and Emmanuel Egger. Use of nuclear and radiological weapons
by terrorists? International
Review of the Red Cross, September 2005 pdf