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'Fortress USA': How 9/11 attacks produced a military industrial juggernaut

The American state has always relied on force combined with the de-personalisation of its victims, writes Clare Corbould.

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Clare Corbould | The Conversa
Since the September 11 terror attacks, there has been no hiding from the increased militarisation of the United States. Everyday life is suffused with policing and surveillance. This ranges from the inconvenient, such as removing shoes at the airport, to the dystopian, such as local police departments equipped with decommissioned tanks too big to use on regular roads.
This process of militarisation did not begin with 9/11. The American state has always relied on force combined with the de-personalisation of its victims.
The army, after all, dispossessed First Nations peoples of their land as settlers pushed

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First Published: Sep 15 2021 | 8:15 AM IST

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