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Dramaturgy of suspicion and the emergence of a transnational guild of extraction of information by torture at a distance

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Didier Bigo, Didier Bigo

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtraordinary Rendition
Subtitle of host publicationAddressing the Challenges of Accountability
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781351172875
ISBN (Print)9780815387800
Published17 Apr 2018

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The practices of “torture at a distance” – that is, the combination of extraordinary renditions to other services abroad in order for them to extract information from the bodies of the suspects and the outsourcing of enhanced interrogation techniques to get results – have only been possible because of the obedience of a large number of secret services in Europe and beyond. These services have accepted either to torture suspects, instead of the US secret services doing this, or to “prepare” subjects by “softening” their resistance before the arrival of US or UK interrogators.

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