Project on Ethics and Art in Testimony (PEAT)

Torture by America in Theory and Practice

Torture by America in Theory and Practice

December 5 & 6, 2005 Cogswell Polytechnical College Sunnyvale, California Derek Werner, Jean Maria Arrigo & John Crigler

A Collegial Performance-Lecture-Discussion with Cogswell Readers: Prof. Marcia Kimmell, Diana Burns, Sarah Fox, & David Rutan

Developed by social psychologist Jean Maria Arrigo, PhD, actor-director Derek Werner, PhD, and composer-guitarist John Crigler, under the auspices of the Project on Ethics and Art in Testimony.

Sources: The script is a textual collage of Arrigo's e-mail correspondence with a U.S. military interrogator and of passages from six scholarly papers on torture interrogation of terrorists. The proponents of state-sponsored torture interrogation here represented are bioethicist Fritz Allhoff, journalist Mark Bowden, and law professor Alan Dershowitz. The opponents are political science professor Jonathan Allen, bioethics professor Steven Miles, and Lt. Col. Ayres, Deputy Legal Counsel to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Passages have been drawn verbatim from the following sources, with light editing of text:

Allen, Jonathan. (2005). Warrant to Torture? A Critique of Dershowitz and Levinson. An occasional paper of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security. University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.

Ayres, Thomas E.. (2005). "Six Floors" of detainee operations in the post-9/11 world. Parameters, 35 (3), 3-53.

Allhoff, Fritz. (2006). Physician involvement in hostile interrogations. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (in press, used with permission).

Arrigo, Jean Maria. (2004). A utilitarian argument against torture interrogation of terrorists." Science and Engineering Ethics, 10 (3), 543-572.

Arrigo, Jean Maria, & Anonymous Intelligence Officer. (2002-2005). Correspondence between a U.S. Counterintelligence Liaison Officer and J.M. Arrigo. [Restricted access.] Intelligence Ethics Collection, Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

Bowden, Mark. (2003, October). The dark art of interrogation. The Atlantic Monthly. Pp. 51-58, 60, 62, 64-65, 68-70, 72-74, & 76.

Dershowitz, Alan M. (2002, January 22). Want to torture? Get a warrant. San Francisco Chronicle, p. A-19.

Dershowitz, Alan M. (2002). Torture of terrorists: Is it necessary to do and to lie about it? In Shouting fire: Civil liberties in a turbulent age. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co. Pp.

Dershowitz, Alan M. (2003, March 3). Dershowitz: Torture could be justified. (Interview by Wolf Blitzer). CNN Access. [].

Miles, Steven H. (2004). Abu Ghraib: Its legacy for military medicine. The Lancet, 364: 725-729.

Miles, Steven H. (2005). Oath betrayed: Military medicine and the war on terror. Chapters 1, 2, & 7. (Prepublication draft of manuscript, used with permission.)

Contact information: John Crigler, Derek Werner, Jean Maria Arrigo, Project on Ethics and Art in Testimony 110 Oxford St, Irvine, CA 92612.