Torture

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge handbook of critical terrorism studies
EditorsR. Jackson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages170-180
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780415743761
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

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    Brecher, B. (2016). Torture. In R. Jackson (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of critical terrorism studies (pp. 170-180). Routledge.