Critical Analysis 2Although the author of the article is an author and a professor of sociology at a respecteduniversity, the institution for which he is writing, “Globalresearch.ca,” is generally unknown.When one also takes into account that the writer neither attributes his facts to any sources nor directly quotes anyone, it is immediately apparent that this second article lacks source credibilityalso.Additionally, Prof. Phillips falls into the evaluative trap we learned from the text and inclass of failing to understand the role of emotions when he makes extensive use of emotionally-charged terms. For example, the headline itself asserts that the U.S. federal government wants toestablish a “Homeland Security Police State,” but never qualifies the explosive allegation byciting a source.The writer continues this trend in the sentence, “threats of terrorism and twelve million‘illegal’ immigrants are being used to justify new police-state measures in the United States,”when he places the word “illegal” in quotation marks, implying that there is somethingquestionable about the use of the term – but without qualifying the implication with information.Prof. Phillips, in fact, begins his article with such problematic use of emotionally-loadedwords and phrases. He describes American immigration policy as intending to use “coordinatedmass arrests, big brother spy blimps, expanded detention centers,repeal of the Posse ComitatusAct, and suspension of
.” But once again, he never qualifies the use of suchcharged phrasing.Even taking into consideration that the readers of the article and of the Global ResearchWeb site generally are probably ideologically in line with Prof. Phillips, and therefore would not be prone to question his credibility, the article could benefit greatly by toning down the use of emotionally-loaded terminology, and by citing sources.