Jeremy Crampton picks on the Guardian article where they get the first interview with James Mitchell, who was instrumental and quite hands-on in the CIA torture program after 9/11. He is also (still!) a licensed psychologist, as noted in what is, for the Guardian a generally pretty good set of comments below the article.
James Mitchell, one of the people who designed the CIA interrogation program of prisoners after 9/11, has broken his media silence. In a remarkable interview at the Guardian he provided a robust defense of his actions:
“The people on the ground did the best they could with the way they understood the law at the time,” he said. “You can’t ask someone to put their life on the line and think and make a decision without the benefit of hindsight and then eviscerate them in the press 10 years later.”
The Guardian’sheadline is actually “CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation'” which highlights that they are one of the few major media outlets to use the word “torture.”
I found the comments very instructive (very little love for this guy). But what about this one, given that we’ve just come from an AAG where the organization’s…
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Scu has some thoughts up on Agamben’s 2011 EGS lecture and a recent interview: Critical Animal: Agamben and Animals and Anthropogenesis, Again.
Last month saw the opening of the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy at the University of Dundee. At their inaugural workshop, James Williams (Dundee) delivered a brief address entitled “Continental Philosophy? Oh, Yes!” In it, he describes the areas and topics he thinks are especially fertile ground for future work in continental philosophy, including economic fairness, new ways of understanding matter and mind alongside specific sciences, the immanent value of the arts, existential guidance, transforming power in and between groups, and what he calls “real theory.”