TERRORISM AND FEAR OF TERRORISM IN THE US: AN ANALYSIS OF PRE AND AFTERMATH OF SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS

Abstract

Author(s): Fatih IRMAK, Yavuz KAHYA

United States of America (The U.S.) has become one of the countries which experienced both domestic and global terror attacks. Both types of terrorism have different effects on the American society. Without any hesitation, global terror attacks took place in the U.S. soil created a tremendous impact to be recorded as a marking event in the world’s history. Global terror attacks led to varying levels of fear and panic among the society, while domestic terror did not occupy the public agenda that much. Global terror attacks were perceieved as a threat to national security and sovereignity, and kept alive through governmental policies, although lose its effect in public eye in the course of time. In that respect, this study lays out how fear of terror was instrumentalized by the U.S Government and had an impact on decision-making processes, despite the fact that the perception of fear of terrorism is low in American public opinion.

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