Bob Brecher

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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 publicationRoutledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies
EditorsR. Jackson
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315813462
ISBN (Print)9780415743761
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2016


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