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

Lisa Hajjar

in Speaking about Torture

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242245
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242283 | DOI:
An Assault on Truth: A Chronology of Torture, Deception, and Denial

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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 use of euphemism by the Bush administration in skirting U.S. and international laws regarding torture, humane treatment of prisoners, and habeas corpus and details both the techniques and consequences of the “enhanced interrogation” practices employed at Guantánamo and other detention centers. It characterizes the “looking forward” posture of the Obama administration as a form of denial enabled by ongoing practices of euphemism and describes the legacy of legal impasse in litigating “high-value detainees” and seeking redress for victims of torture.

Keywords: Euphemism; Actionable intelligence; Enhanced interrogation; Guantánamo Bay Prison Camp; Bush administration; Obama administration; Torture memos

Chapter.  7428 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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