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The Shadow of Torture: Debating US Transgressions in Military Interventions, 1899–2008

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Katrin Dauenhauer

The photographs from Abu Ghraib triggered a debate on torture in the United States that has been led with a significant amount of visibility. What has been noticeably absent, however, is a thorough historical contextualization of US torture following September 11, 2001. The Shadow of Torture analyzes the debates on torture during the Vietnam War and the Philippine-American War and shows that the current controversy did not arise out of a political vacuum but reflects and draws upon pre-existing discursive contexts and practices.
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Chapter Five: Framing the Human: Reading North Vietnamese Torture in POW Narratives of the Vietnam War

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← 162 | 163 → Chapter FiveFraming the Human: Reading North Vietnamese Torture in POW Narratives of the Vietnam War

Of the many inhumanities that characterize this war, North Vietnam’s prisoner-of-war policy is the most shocking.

- Virginian Pilot, 19 July 1969.142

Whose lives are regarded as lives worth saving and defending, and whose are not?

- Judith Butler, Frames of War 38.

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