State of Exception is a phrase coined by reporter and author Mark Danner to describe the seemingly unending and subtly different period after September 11, 2001 in the U.S. in which rights and liberties are limited in the name of security. Danner notes that the sacrifice and brutality inflicted are concentrated rather than diffused across the population as would be true in a 'normal' state of emergency during wartime.
- Mark Danner. "After September 11: Our State of Exception." The New York Review of Books. October 13, 2011.