Jennifer Bryson- Speaking Out Against Torture
I was with a wonderful group of colleagues at the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Center for the conference ” Ways of Knowing After Atrocity: A Colloquium on the Methods used to Research, Design and Implement Transitional Justice Processes.” I learned a great deal.
Powerful op-ed, and certainly the international aspect of this issue has haunted me since the shootings in Connecticut. I lament the hierarchy of value in which some lives “matter more” than others. I abhor the armed violence our government exports across the globe. There is also the shameful role the US plays as the number one arms merchant in the world. Drone attacks justified on abhorrent ethics reflect the bankruptcy of audit culture. Perhaps if we can find a way to point to the common threads that unite these various manifestations of militarization, ethnic and racial discrimination, the weapons industry and the politicians that vote wrong on these issues time and again, then perhaps we can more effectively channel the grief and outrage we all feel at present.