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We Tortured Some Folks

    We strongly recommend close consideration of Rebecca Gordon’s recently published book, Mainstreaming Torture, Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States. In examining the question of whether torture is ever morally permissible, Gordon critiques narrow utilitarian and deontological justifications, and proposes that a virtue ethics approach (descending from Alasdair MacIntyre) permits a deeper understanding […]

The Tortured Body

Today we call your attention to an extraordinary essay written by the brave and brilliant Rebecca Gordon, in which she explores the implications of William Cavanaugh’s profound claim in Torture and Eucharist, that the state’s habitual practices of disappearance, rendition and torture cannot be separated from the church’s practice of celebrating the Eucharist. The entire […]

A Place of Harm

During his recent State of the Union address, the deranged individual presently pretending to be President announced that he would reverse Obama’s 2009 executive order to close the Guantánamo Bay detention center. Now comes Dr. Homer Venters, director of programs at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), with the following statement in response to this dangerous change […]

Slavery and Slaughter

Since the very early navigations of DP, we have underscored the deep connection between the violence inflicted upon “food animals” and core human identity. Now comes  Paul Tritschler with an analysis of killing floor psychology. The entire essay is worth a close read; excerpts below, with images added by DP, depicting various gradations of intensity in […]

That Crazy Darkness

Taking note of unhinged draft executive orders regarding increased use of Guantanamo Bay for renewed extrajudicial detention and torture of unspecified “bad dudes”, we turn to the voice of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a detainee from 2002 until his release this past October due to the lack of any evidence beyond unsubstantiated statements made to interrogators while […]

How the Fish Rots

That is : from the head! Amidst all the hysterical and self-serving post-Brexit commentary squeezed out like cheap vinyl caulk from the various tubes of the mainstream media, we discovered a sensible, accurate analysis from the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, excerpted below. Images are from the gallery of Eli Levin. \

American Nuremberg

Now comes Rebecca Gordon with her new book American Nuremberg, in which she meticulously documents crimes committed during the “war on terror”, while naming the main perpetrators. In later chapters, Gordon also traces out a possible route for resistance to official impunity, by way of convening an independent People’s Tribunal. Below, excerpts from a recent interview […]

Learned Helplessness

Since the early days of DP, we have proposed that the network of black sites and detention facilities assembled under the cover of the War on Terror must be understood in all its multiple identities: as punitive incarceration, obviously; as a pedagogy, with the rest of the world as student body; and as a behavioral […]

How Hard It Is To Sing

We pause today to commemorate the “other” 9/11: the 1973 overthrow of the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile by a brutal military junta led by General Augusto Pinochet, and supported by Henry Kissinger. Among those detained in the National Stadium on the first day of the golpe: folksinger and activist Victor Jara. […]

Silence Borne of Terror

Now comes Joshua Oppenheimer with a second film investigating the interplay between perpetrators and survivors within the 1965-1966 Indonesian genocide. Here at DP, we considered Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing a masterpiece of exploratory cinema; yet the recently released second “panel” of the diptych, The Look of Silence, brings us even more deeply into how […]