Fighting “terrorism” with torture

@article{Summerfield2003FightingW,
  title={Fighting “terrorism” with torture},
  author={Derek Summerfield},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={326},
  pages={773 - 774}
}
  • D. Summerfield
  • Published 12 April 2003
  • Medicine
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
In the middle ages in Europe torture drew distinction from its association with confessed truth, repentance, and salvation, yet by 1874 Victor Hugo could write “torture has ceased to exist.” But torture was always likely to outlive its obituarists, and Amnesty International has regularly recorded its use in more than half the nations on earth. Is “the war on terrorism” again legitimising torture as it was in the middle ages? The accounts of torture victims are horrifying enough but at least… 
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