Anglo-Saxon Modern

Darius Rejali is a professor of political science and the author of Torture and Democracy-

In the 20th century, there were two main traditions of clean torture — the kind that doesn’t leave marks, as modern torturers prefer. The first is French modern, a combination of water- and electro-torture. The second is Anglo-Saxon modern, a classic list of sleep deprivation, positional and restraint tortures, extremes of temperature, noise, and beatings. All the techniques in the accounts of torture by the International Committee of the Red Cross, as reported Monday, collected from 14 detainees held in CIA custody, fit a long historical pattern of Anglo-Saxon modern. The ICRC report apparently includes details of CIA practices unknown until now, details that point to practices with names, histories, and political influences. In torture, hell is always in the details.

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4 Responses to “Anglo-Saxon Modern”

  1. GDAEman Says:

    The exposure is almost for naught if we don’t prosecute
    high officials as a future deterrent.

  2. RickB Says:

    If we don’t there will come a time domestic security forces will openly use the same methods on us.

  3. ralfast Says:

    Torture+Modern=Oxymoron

  4. RickB Says:

    Well I guess modern in this use is defined by what we do in contemporary times and recent history, so unfortunately it is a fact of our democracies.


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