Rendition in the “War on Terror”

Authored by: Sam Raphael , Ruth Blakeley

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


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In the years after the declaration of the “war on terror” in September 2001, the United States government led the way in constructing a global system of detention outside the law, illegal prisoner transfers between states (rendition), and interrogation and detainee treatment practices that were cruel, inhuman, and degrading and that, in some cases, involved torture. This was, we will argue, the latest manifestation of the use by Western states of state terror in pursuit of their strategic goals, in this case the elimination of the threat posed to Western interests by radical Islamist groups with global reach. (See Chapter 15 for a fuller discussion of Western state terrorism.)

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