American Terrorists as Perpetrators of Communitarian Assaults

23 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2013

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: December 1, 2013


This article argues that there are strong normative reasons to treat American terrorists — abroad and within the United States — as individuals who have committed treason. American terrorists are widely held as commanding rights above and beyond those to which other terrorists are entitled. However, American terrorists also commit a serious offense when they raise their arms against their nation, a crime that other terrorists are incapable of committing. As a result, American terrorists to be judged by a security review board, following the procedures clearly laid out by the Constitution.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, American Terrorists as Perpetrators of Communitarian Assaults (December 1, 2013). American University International Law Review, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2013. Available at SSRN:

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