Rebecca Gordon

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.


November 24, 2010

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.

November 1, 2010
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.

October 25, 2010

Water tanks used by National Guard to torture political prisoners in León, Nicaragua.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?

October 18, 2010

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.

September 5, 2010


by Rebecca Gordon

September 5, 2010


by Max Elbaum and Rebecca Gordon