Capone and Bin Laden: The Failure of Government at the Cusp of War and Crime

20 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2007  

Mark William Osler

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)

Abstract

The United States, through its democratic, Constitutional government, is relatively good at fighting wars against standing armies and fighting crime. Where we are challenged is the gap between the two: When crime looks like war or war looks like crime. Al Capone and Osama bin Laden both exploited this weakness by creating entities which were difficult to attack with either our centralized military or our decentralized police units.

Keywords: Terrorism, Crime, bin Laden, Capone

JEL Classification: K14, K42, K33

Suggested Citation

Osler, Mark William, Capone and Bin Laden: The Failure of Government at the Cusp of War and Crime. Baylor Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 2, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1014062

Mark William Osler (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota) ( email )

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