Rebecca Gordon is a member of the War Times/Tiempo de Guerras organizing committee. She has been a political activist for more years than she cares to remember, working on issues of feminism, war and peace, economic and racial justice, and specifically torture in the post-9/11 United States.
Rebecca's new book, Mainstreaming Torture comes out in May 2014 from Oxford University Press. She's also the author of Letters From Nicaragua, a record of six months spent in the war zones during the contra war.
You might not expect a trip to the ER to make a person think about torture.
|The ER at San Francisco General|
On Monday I gave myself an impromptu lesson in the principle of inertia: if you're whizzing along on your bike and slam on the brakes, the bike will stop – but you won't.
|The classic Abu Ghraib photograph|
Last Friday I took a colleague’s liberation theology class for him, while he was at a conference. He’d asked me to talk about torture, particularly in the context of El Salvador’s wars in the 1980’s and 90’s.
The answer to this question may seem obvious, but it’s not. If it were, people in this country wouldn’t have been arguing about it for the last nine years. Is sleep deprivation torture? What about sexual humiliation? Waterboarding? Applying electrical current to a person’s body?
Welcome to my weekly blog about United States involvement in torture. It’s not a happy subject, and I don’t really like thinking or writing about it. But I’ve spent the last nine years studying torture, beginning with the first disappearances of people inside the United States in the days after September 11, 2001.
Disappearances? In the United States? Yes.