At the Columbia Political Review, we don’t want to be swill merchants. Our project? A journalism of ideas. And yet this issue’s theme, POLITICAL BODIES, points not to airy ideas, but to life at its dirtiest and most material. But insisting on the body is one way of approaching the mission of this humble rag: cracking open the notion of [...]
In late April 2004, the news that American soldiers had abused detainees at Abu Ghraib prison arrived to the public in a string of shocking photos. The images that exposed the torture of prisoners were brutal and strange—and they were memorable, resistant to amnesia. On May 24, President Bush made a somber address about the news. He called the abuse “disgraceful conduct by a few American troops, who dishonored our country and disregarded our values”—seedless, atypical, un-American. The story of our response to torture at Abu Ghraib is also the story of our unbelief in that declaration.