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From “Enhanced Interrogation” to Drones: U.S. Counterterrorism and the Legacy of Torture

Jared Del Rosso

in Talking About Torture: How Political Discourse Shapes the Debate

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170925
eISBN:
9780231539494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170925.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This concluding chapter reflects on the contested legacy of U.S. torture practices. The lack of consensus about the legality and effectiveness of “enhanced interrogation” explains the partisanship ... More


Governing

Ronald M. Peters and Cindy Simon Rosenthal

in Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195383737
eISBN:
9780199852802
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383737.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter traces Pelosi’s actions in organizing the House for the 111th Congress. It then analyzes her relationship with President Obama, from both a personal and institutional perspective. At the ... More


Interrogating Terrorist Suspects after 9/11

Ralph Jason

in America's War on Terror: The State of the 9/11 Exception from Bush to Obama

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199652358
eISBN:
9780191745515
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652358.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter describes the debate surrounding the interrogation of terrorist suspects after 9/11. President Obama rejected the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) on liberal and ... More


Personality Disruption as Mental Torture: The CIA, Interrogational Abuse, and the U.S. Torture Act

David Luban and Katherine S. Newell

in Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780190097523
eISBN:
9780190097554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190097523.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration, Legal Profession and Ethics

This chapter analyzes the interrogation program employed by the CIA on high-value detainees (the so-called Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation or RDI program), and argues that it constitutes ... More


Talking About Torture: How Political Discourse Shapes the Debate

Jared Del Rosso

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170925
eISBN:
9780231539494
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170925.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

When the photographs depicting torture at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison were released in 2004, U.S. politicians attributed the incident to a few bad apples in the U.S. military, exonerated high-ranking ... More


Guantánamo’s Catch-22: The Uncertain Interrogation Subject

Rebecca Lemov

in Modes of Uncertainty: Anthropological Cases

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226257075
eISBN:
9780226257242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226257242.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter explores how the United States' detention center at Guantanamo Bay (GBDC) has created a situation in which over one hundred fifty remaining detainees, most held for more than a decade ... More


Torture

Rebecca Sanders

in Plausible Legality: Legal Culture and Political Imperative in the Global War on Terror

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780190870553
eISBN:
9780190870584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190870553.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics, American Politics

Despite its universal and absolute prohibition in international human rights and humanitarian law, torture has persisted even in liberal democracies. This chapter traces how changing national ... More


An Assault on Truth: A Chronology of Torture, Deception, and Denial

Lisa Hajjar

in Speaking about Torture

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823242245
eISBN:
9780823242283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823242245.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter provides a detailed timeline regarding formulations and uses of torture related to the “war on terror” beginning in September 2001 and extending to May 2010. It foregrounds the pervasive ... More


Dangerous Torment

John W. Schiemann

in Does Torture Work?

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190262365
eISBN:
9780190262396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262365.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics, Political Theory

Are “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs) torture? Bush administration officials as well as some philosophers and legal scholars argue they are not. Other legal scholars, human rights groups, ... More


Repairing the Damage from Illegal Acts of State: The Costs of Failed Accountability for Torture

Claire Finkelstein and Stephen N. Xenakis

in Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780190097523
eISBN:
9780190097554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190097523.003.0019
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration, Legal Profession and Ethics

The United States is only just beginning to grapple with the fallout from the program known as Rendition, Detention and Interrogation (RDI), an illegal interrogation practice designed to further the ... More


Bring ’em on! The Empire Strikes Back: George W. Bush

John Wilson

in Talking with the President: The Pragmatics of Presidential Language

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199858804
eISBN:
9780190236618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858804.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

George W. Bush was criticized during his presidency for his many linguistic mistakes and gaffes. Terms such as Bushspeak, Bushisms, and Dubyaspeak were coined to refer to Bush’s particular errors. It ... More


Human Rights and War-on-Terror Litigation

James E. Pfander

in Constitutional Torts and the War on Terror

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190495282
eISBN:
9780190495312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190495282.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Legal History

This chapter offers a detailed overview of Bivens litigation that arose from the war on terror, including the suit brought by Jose Padilla to contest his detention as an unlawful combatant in the war ... More


In Defense of Lawfare: The Value of Litigation in Challenging Torture

Lisa Hajjar

in Confronting Torture: Essays on the Ethics, Legality, History, and Psychology of Torture Today

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226529387
eISBN:
9780226529554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226529554.003.0014
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter argues that lawfare has provided a valuable check on the some of the worse abuses of the US’s War on Terror, such as its use of torture, extraordinary rendition, and enhanced ... More


Does Torture Work?

John W. Schiemann

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190262365
eISBN:
9780190262396
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262365.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics, Political Theory

This book examines whether interrogational torture is effective in obtaining valuable information and at what cost in terms of torture’s brutality and frequency. Interrogational torture’s ... More


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