Radicalization, Terrorism, Subversion of Civil Liberties

Conundrums of Twenty-First-Century Political Science
  • Rainer EisfeldEmail author


“Innocent lives” would be put at risk, Theresa May, then UK Home Secretary, told the House of Commons in January 2015, unless new legislation would give the security agencies “the capabilities they need” in the surveillance of email, social media, and other communications data (May 2015a). Her statement came one week after the terrorist attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris, which had evoked worldwide solidarity with the attacked (“Je suis Charlie”). In the face of “such threats” to the United Kingdom, May reaffirmed five months later, there was a “duty” to ensure that security services had the powers they needed “to keep us safe” (May 2015b).


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  1. 1.Fachbereich 1Osnabrück UniversityOsnabrückGermany

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