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Confronting Global Terrorism and American Neo-ConservatismThe Framework of a Liberal Grand Strategy$
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Tom Farer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534722.001.0001

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Cruelty and the National Interest: The Question of Legitimate Means

Cruelty and the National Interest: The Question of Legitimate Means

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Confronting Global Terrorism and American Neo-Conservatism

Tom Farer

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the protection of human rights amidst ‘war’ against terrorism. It begins with a discussion of human rights law in the context of armed conflict and the laws of war. It then considers the Bush Administration's interpretation of the Torture Convention, and its behaviour in its war on terrorism, focusing on torture and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading methods of interrogation.

Keywords:   human rights, international law, armed conflict, terrorism, Bush Administration, Torture Convention, law of war, interrogation

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