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BIOPOLITICS: BETWEEN ABU GHRAIB AND TERRI SCHIAVO

NOW WE’VE FINALLY LEARNED what we suspected all along, that the numerous reports and testimonies about the Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib prisons merely distracted the public’s attention from the real secret, which has recently dominated news reports: The Independent in London, for example, described CIA-operated “secret detention facilities beyond the reach of the law and outside official oversight at bases in two eastern European countries,” while other reports mention similar facilities in several Asian countries. The CIA, of course, refuses to acknowledge the existence of these “black sites” and the “ghost prisoners” they hold; to do so would almost certainly subject the US government to legal challenges, since these prisoners are allegedly submitted to “enhanced interrogation techniques” (i.e., torture). The original idea was to hide and interrogate the two dozen or so al-Qaeda leaders

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