chapter  11
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The Paradox of Global Terrorism and Community-Based Security Policing

The phenomenon of terrorism presents us with several apparent paradoxes. There is first the paradox of the United States choosing to embark upon a ‘Global War on Terrorism’1 and seeking to adopt the language of armed conflict, just as the international community has at last managed to define much of terrorist activity as an international crime through the United Nations International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings 19972 and its International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism 1999.3 Admittedly, the international community has made less progress in applying to terrorism suitable international law criminal processes through the Rome Statute.4 Then again, the American alternative, Presidential decrees on detention without trial and military tribunals, have convinced few (including in the US Supreme Court) of their legitimacy or value.5