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Julie A. Carlson and Elisabeth Weber

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823242245

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823242245.001.0001

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

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

(p.19) Chapter 1 An Assault on Truth: A Chronology of Torture, Deception, and Denial
Speaking about Torture

Lisa Hajjar

Fordham University Press

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

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