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Rendition in the "War on Terror"

Raphael, Sam and Blakeley, Ruth (2016) Rendition in the "War on Terror". In: Jackson, Richard, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, pp. 181-189. ISBN 978-0-415-74376-1. E-ISBN 978-1-315-81346-2. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:44064)

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The CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) programme was a central component of the first phase of the ‘war on terror’, from 2001-2008. Through constructing a global network of secret prisons, wherein hundreds of terror suspects were tortured, the US and its allies embarked upon a concerted campaign of state terrorism in pursuit of their wider political goals. This chapter provides an account of the employment of state terror through the CIA’s RDI programme. We outline the main features of the programme, and the involvement of a range of other states, many of which were Western democracies. We also show that the attempt to secure valuable intelligence through coercion, torture and terror proved to be a clear failure, resulting in the detention and torture of dozens of individuals who posed no threat and the use of barbaric methods which did nothing but produce poor intelligence and dehumanise all those involved.

Item Type: Book section
Projects: The Globalisation of Rendition and Secret Detention
Uncontrolled keywords: CIA, rendition, secret detention, torture
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
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Depositing User: Ruth Blakeley
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 10:30 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 12:20 UTC
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Blakeley, Ruth.

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