I focus on the “ticking bomb” scenario as both creation and furtherance of the fantasy of “interrogational torture”, itself a response to the September 2001 attacks. I do so, first, to dispose of its purported justifications and thus of torture’s least implausible defence; and, second, to help stimulate a similar approach to the phenomenon of “terrorism”. Hence the structure of this chapter: what torture is; the “ticking bomb” fantasy and its consequences; some examples of the careless thinking that permits the debate to continue as it does; and finally, some comments on lessons to be learnt.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge handbook of critical terrorism studies|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|