Torture

Authored by: Bob Brecher

Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415743761
eBook ISBN: 9781315813462
Adobe ISBN: 9781317801627

10.4324/9781315813462.ch16

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Abstract

Although the widespread use of torture to terrorise people predates the so-called war on terror (see Cobain 2012 for the British story), “the gloves came off” (Rothschild 2005) in September 2001. Since then, torturing people has been normalised (Shue 2014), both empirically and morally. This is of fundamental importance for critical scholars of terrorism. First because it is in relation to so-called terrorism that the normalisation of the worst we do to each other has taken place and purportedly been justified. Consider the response to the CIA Torture Report in late 2014: no surprise, and no prosecutions, whether of the perpetrators, politicians or lawyers involved, whether in the United States or elsewhere (Independent 2015).

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