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


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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Fig. 1, p. 61: “Water Cure.” Jonathan Best Collection. Taken from Paul Kramer, The Blood of Government 142.

Fig. 2, p. 63: “Soldiers Depicting the ‘Water Cure’ Torture.” The Forbidden Book (2004). Taken from Murphy 12.

Fig. 3 to 7, p. 92: Still images from “Torture Scene.” The Raiders of Leyte Gulf (1963). 2nd Reel. Footage 1-61. Taken by the author.

Fig. 8, p. 123: “Interrogation.” Washington Post 21 Jan. 1968: A1

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