inSecuritieS, touriSM,
and terror
As it enters the second decade of the twenty- first century, the
United States finds itself in a new episode of what has been
a continuous state of war. While Iraq and Afghanistan are the
heated loci of the “global war against terror” launched in the
days following the 9/11 Al- Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers
and the Pentagon, U.S. militarism has extended and reinforced
its extraterritorial reach around a world that has been even
more rigidly remapped into “us” and “them.” This conclusion
offers a short meditation on the intimacies between security,
terror, and tourism that link Hawai‘i and the Philippines to
new American occupations. It tracks the formations of knowl-
edge and subjectivities generated by the convergence of tour-
ism and militarism to illuminate the insecurities of the New
World Order.
touriSt citizenShiP
The 9/11 attacks were not a singular phenomenon. Although the
predominant symbolic and economic effects of 9/11 centered
on the collapsing Twin Towers in the financial capital of the
world, the four planes that went down that day embodied the
fragility of Western technological superiority and the vulnera-
bility of the largest, best- equipped military in the world. The
symbolic power of modernity and mobility—the huge metal
bodies of 747 jets—ramming inexorably, repeatedly, in slow
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