How is it that our supposedly liberal democratic governments engage in torture? What does it say about our political culture that this is an acceptable way to fight terrorism? Or is it? Former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle is a strong critic of US government practice. He talks with Danielle Celermajer, who is heading up a major research project looking at the prevention of torture.
Presented with University of Sydney.
Glenn Carle (International)
Glenn Carle was a member of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations for 23 years and worked in a number of posts on four continents. His last position was as deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, where his office was responsible for strategic analysis of terrorism, international organised crime and narcotics issues. He retired in March 2007 and now lives in Washington, DC. He is the author of The Interrogator: A CIA agent’s true story.
Danielle Celermajer is an associate professor in sociology at the University of Sydney and director of two European Union-funded programs, one developing postgraduate education for rights advocates across the Asia-Pacific region, and the other exploring more effective approaches to torture prevention, focusing on the military and police in Sri Lanka and Nepal. Her book, Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology, explores how societies can be turned from patterns of violation to forms of politics and sociality that respect human rights.