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Austin Sarat, Lawence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804782593

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804782593.001.0001

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Open Secrets and Dirty Hands

Open Secrets and Dirty Hands

(p.25) Open Secrets and Dirty Hands
The Secrets of Law

Alasdair Roberts

Stanford University Press

The Bush Administration is characterized by controversies surrounding the president's policies to maintain secrecy and restrict transparency in the government. While the Bush administration was conventionally understood to be the most secretive in decades, many miss the fact that these alleged abuses committed were in fact “open secrets”. This chapter documents the “open secrets” about Bush's War on Terror which revolves around “secret prisons” and CIA detention facilities, extraordinary rendition, and coercive interrogation. It points out the lawless abduction of suspected terrorists, the indefinite detention of suspects in secret prisons, and the abuse and torture of prisoners believed to have knowledge of terrorist networks. The chapter argues that these are all open secrets that were necessary for protecting national security but nonetheless encourages citizens to regard these facts as a secret, at the same time making it impossible for Americans to openly expressing their approval or disapproval to these practices.

Keywords:   Bush, open secrets, War on Terror, secret prisons, terrorists, detention, CIA

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