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This chapter moves to the “home front” of the “war on terror.” It discusses the terror color-alert system set in place by the Bush administration as an exercise in media-based priming of the population for asymmetric war across the full spectrum of preemptive power. The color-alert system made the not-yet of threat present in the form of fear. The thesis can be summed up as: threat is the prospect of fear; fear is the project of threat. In other words, operating in an all-encompassing threat environment does not mean reducing insecurity. That is as impossible as filling the lack of...

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