Deportation, detention & torture by proxy: foreign national terror suspects in the UK

McGhee, Derek (2008) Deportation, detention & torture by proxy: foreign national terror suspects in the UK. Liverpool Law Review, 29, (1), 99-115. (doi:10.1007/s10991-008-9030-0).


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In many ways his article confronts the Sociologist C. Wright Mills’s famous injunction on turning private troubles into public issues. However, this is a trickier process than usual as the victims at the centre of these private troubles are not children, women, lesbian, gays, the elderly, or the disabled. The victims here are what Stan Cohen has described as ‘impure victims’, in that they are individuals who are suspected of being ‘involved’ in ‘terrorist’ activities. The private troubles these impure victims are experiencing are the loss of many of the rights most of us enjoy (for example, the right to liberty and the right to a fair trial). The public issue that will be examined here is what Étienne Balibar refers to as the reality of the extreme violence of the State in contemporary societies against ‘radically excluded’ individuals. This chapter is an examination of the long and winding road to the Government achieving its over-riding ambition in the war on terror in the UK: the deportation of terror suspects to regimes where (despite diplomatic assurances) torture is inevitable.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s10991-008-9030-0
ISSNs: 0144-932X (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 64393
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2008Published
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:49

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