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Future’s Shock: Plausibility, Preemption, and the Fiction of 9/11

Future’s Shock: Plausibility, Preemption, and the Fiction of 9/11 AnniE mCCLAnAhAn All plots have something in common with prophecy, for they must appear to educe from the prime matter of the situation the forms of a future. --Frank Kermode (2003) [T]he method of infallible prediction, more than any other totalitarian propaganda device, betrays its ultimate goal of world conquest, since only in a world completely under his control could the totalitarian ruler possibly realize all his lies and make true all his prophecies. --Hannah Arendt (1976) I want to begin with a question--not my own, but one posed by FOX News' Brit Hume during a May 2007 Republican primary Presidential Debate: The questions in this round will be premised on a fictional, but we think plausible scenario involving terrorism and the response to it. Here is the premise: Three shopping centers near major U.S. cities have been hit by suicide bombers. Hundreds are dead, thousands injured. A fourth attack has been averted when the attackers were captured off the Florida coast and taken to Guantanamo Bay, where they are being questioned. U.S. intelligence believes another attack is planned and could come at any time. How aggressively would you interrogate those held at Guantanamo Bay about where the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

Future’s Shock: Plausibility, Preemption, and the Fiction of 9/11

symploke , Volume 17 (1) – Oct 23, 2009

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AnniE mCCLAnAhAn All plots have something in common with prophecy, for they must appear to educe from the prime matter of the situation the forms of a future. --Frank Kermode (2003) [T]he method of infallible prediction, more than any other totalitarian propaganda device, betrays its ultimate goal of world conquest, since only in a world completely under his control could the totalitarian ruler possibly realize all his lies and make true all his prophecies. --Hannah Arendt (1976) I want to begin with a question--not my own, but one posed by FOX News' Brit Hume during a May 2007 Republican primary Presidential Debate: The questions in this round will be premised on a fictional, but we think plausible scenario involving terrorism and the response to it. Here is the premise: Three shopping centers near major U.S. cities have been hit by suicide bombers. Hundreds are dead, thousands injured. A fourth attack has been averted when the attackers were captured off the Florida coast and taken to Guantanamo Bay, where they are being questioned. U.S. intelligence believes another attack is planned and could come at any time. How aggressively would you interrogate those held at Guantanamo Bay about where the

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Published: Oct 23, 2009

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