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Detainee Abuse at Abu Ghraib: Sadism or Scapegoating? The Institutional and Discursive Support for Torture in the War on Terror

Seoighe, Rachel (2013) Detainee Abuse at Abu Ghraib: Sadism or Scapegoating? The Institutional and Discursive Support for Torture in the War on Terror. Jindal Journal of International Affairs, 3 (1). pp. 42-84. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article analyses the reports of various military and intelligence institutions in the United States in response to the Abu Ghraib torture scandal which destroyed the reputation of the armed forces in the Iraqi theatre of war in 2004. The photographs delegitimised the mission and provoked strong reaction from the occupied Iraqis. The reports attributed culpability for the abuses perpetrated on the imprisoned Iraqis to 'sadistic' and criminal soldiers and deflected responsibility from senior members of the military and the decay within the institution itself, brought on by the discourse of terror and the introduction of techniques amounting to torture. This article, taking Abu Ghraib and the avoidance of responsibility for atrocity as an example, seeks to comment on the presumed limitations imposed on the applicability of international law during the 'War on Terror', the brutality of the military as an institution and the resulting alterations in the mind-set of individuals by inherent dehumanisation of the enemyin conflict.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Abu Ghraib, Torture, Dehumanisation, Terrorism
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Criminology
Depositing User: Lisa Towers
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2019 13:54 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72187 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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