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How the Gloves Came OffLawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture$
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Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231180788

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231180788.001.0001

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POW Treatment and Interrogators

POW Treatment and Interrogators

(p.141) 6 POW Treatment and Interrogators
How the Gloves Came Off

Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault

Columbia University Press

While the abuses committed by the interrogators were real, horrific, and deserving of punishment, this chapter shows how the interrogators were disproportionately blamed, as they lacked the access and influence to alter the normative framework around detainee treatment. Four major themes emerge to explain interrogation practices, including: relying on past guidance or popular influences, abusing detainees due to the belief that higher authorities approved it, maltreatment due to the absence of direction, and retribution for 9/11. Lastly, the DoD and CIA interrogators had vastly different historical precedents for their actions.

Keywords:   Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) methods, Abu Ghraib, Thomas Pappas, Janis Karpinski, Diane Beaver, KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation program

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