The Official Torturer: A Learning Model for Obedience to the Authority of Violence

@article{HaritosFatouros1988TheOT,
  title={The Official Torturer: A Learning Model for Obedience to the Authority of Violence},
  author={Mika Haritos-Fatouros},
  journal={The Politics of Pain},
  year={1988}
}
The military training and selection procedures leading to the behavior of a torturer are discussed. The analysis is based on testimonies of army police servicemen at the first torturers' trial in Greece and on the interviews of ex-military policemen who served under the military dictatorship in Greece (1967–1974). It is concluded that, given the appropriate training condition, any individual is a potential torturer, and a model for obedience to the authority of violence is proposed. 

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