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The Covert SphereSecrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State$
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Timothy Melley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451232

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451232.001.0001

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The Geopolitical Melodrama

The Geopolitical Melodrama

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The Covert Sphere

Timothy Melley

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter examines how the covert sphere influenced U.S. reactions to the attacks of September 11, 2001. It examines dozens of similar films and television series such as Philip Alden Robinson's Sum of All Fears (2002) and 24 (2001), which explain much of the early U.S. response to 9/11. Indeed, geopolitical melodrama is the most influential vehicle for understanding terrorism. The chapter then argues that the function of the geopolitical melodrama is to defend the operation of a Cold War security state in a post-Cold War environment. This argument is supported by demonstrating that various political analysts and national leaders publicly explained U.S. strategy after 2001 through reference to popular melodramas of terrorism.

Keywords:   covert sphere, 9/11, geopolitical melodrama, terrorism, Cold War security state

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