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Political Language, Policy Formulation and the Practice of Torture in the War on Terrorism: Implications for Human Rights

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the ways in which the political language of senior public officials regarding the terrorist threat facing America is implicated in the formulation of the torture policy, and the actual torture and abuse of prisoners. The central argument is that the discourse of the war on terrorism set the logic and possibilities of policy formulation in the first instance, and helped to create the wider legitimacy and social consensus that is required to enact policy. There is a growing consensus that the current discourse and practice of torture and abuse by American service personnel is proving damaging to the wider international human rights framework and to human rights standards in other countries.

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Jackson, Richard. "Political Language, Policy Formulation and the Practice of Torture in the War on Terrorism: Implications for Human Rights" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott, Loews Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 31, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p152789_index.html>

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Jackson, R. D. , 2006-08-31 "Political Language, Policy Formulation and the Practice of Torture in the War on Terrorism: Implications for Human Rights" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott, Loews Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA Online <PDF>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p152789_index.html

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Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the ways in which the political language of senior public officials regarding the terrorist threat facing America is implicated in the formulation of the torture policy, and the actual torture and abuse of prisoners. The central argument is that the discourse of the war on terrorism set the logic and possibilities of policy formulation in the first instance, and helped to create the wider legitimacy and social consensus that is required to enact policy. There is a growing consensus that the current discourse and practice of torture and abuse by American service personnel is proving damaging to the wider international human rights framework and to human rights standards in other countries.

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Political Language Policy Formulation and the Practice of Torture in the War on Terrorism: Implications for Human Rights Richard Jackson University of Manchester Prepared for delivery at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association August 30 – September 3 2006. Copyright by the American Political Science Association. Author’s Contact Details: Dr Richard Jackson Senior Lecturer in International Security Centre for International Politics School of Social Sciences The University of Manchester Oxford Road Manchester M13 9PL United
‘Can the Torture of Terrorist Suspects be Justified’; and Allen ‘Warrant to Torture?’ 119 See among others: Bellamy ‘No Pain No Gain?’; Rose Guantánamo; Rejali ‘Does Torture Work?’; and Anne Applebaum ‘The Torture Myth’ The Washington Post January 12 2005 available online at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A2302-2005Jan11?language=printer accessed 26 March 2006. 120 Allen reiterates the point taken from Holocaust studies that ‘once practices have been placed in a bureaucratic or official context in which goals are no longer open to question and


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