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Tortured Logic: Why Some Americans Support the Use of Torture in Counterterrorism


Tortured Logic: Why Some Americans Support the Use of Torture in Counterterrorism

Friday, September 18, 2020
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In this video, University of Alabama Assistant Professor Dr. Erin M. Kearns and American University Professor Dr. Joseph K. Young will provide a virtual talk on their new book Tortured Logic: Why Some Americans Support the Use of Torture in Counterterrorism. In Tortured Logic, Erin M. Kearns and Joseph K. Young draw upon a novel series of group experiments to understand how and why the average citizen might come to support the use of torture tech­niques. They find evidence that when torture is depicted as effective in the media, people are more likely to approve of it. Bringing empirical rigor to a fraught topic, Tortured Logic has important implications for understanding public perceptions of counterterrorism strategy. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this video are the speaker’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of START, the University of Maryland or the United States government.

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