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GOMEZ, José María. Imperial sovereignty, space of exception, and the Guantánamo base: deterritorialization and confinement in the "war against terror". Contexto int. [online]. 2008, vol.30, n.2, pp.267-308. ISSN 1982-0240.

The aim of this paper is to advance in the analysis about the nature, the meaning and the reach of the Guantánamo base. In order to do so, we describe the route of the phenomenon, integrating it in the broader dynamics of the current militarized globalization whose vector and dominating shape go through the imperial strategy of the USA post-September 11. Deep articulated with the enlarging logic and consequences of global capitalism, this strategy implies, among other distinctive traces, the legitimation of growing spaces of exceptions, the preventive war without imminent attack threat and the ascension of the "absolute enemy" embodied in the deterritorialized image of the new theological political terrorist.

Keywords : Human Rights; "War on Terrorism"; Guantánamo; State of Exception; Carl Schmitt.

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