Torture and American Culture Part One

Posted by Bustedhalo on Apr. 07, 2009

The photographs that revealed the torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib shocked the world. American military personnel and civilian contractors are seen engaged in practices prohibited by the Geneva Conventions, the Army Field Manual, and U.S. and international law. Further revelations about CIA rendition policies, deaths in custody, Guantanamo detainees, and government secrecy raise critical questions about U.S. culture and the practices and conditions that have fostered the resort to torture.This forum will examine two issues1. What in U.S. culture predisposes us to torture or to a tolerance for torture?2. What strengths and weaknesses have U.S. leadership groups (political, military, religious, medical, psychological, legal, etc.) exhibited in responding to the current controversies over torture?Moderator: Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, Fordham Center on Religion and Culture; Panel:David Danzig, Human Rights First, Director, Primetime Torture Project; Richard Alleva, Film Critic, Commo...

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