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Power and Discourse
Transcript of Power and Discourse
anxieties the governent POWER Discourse preemptive
prosecution Ticking-time bomb scenario
In a direct reaction to 9/11, national anxieties and fear became a reoccurring emotion for many American citizens who were worried that another attack would occur. Waterboarding, an enhanced interrogation tactic, was used on several high profile detainees in order to retrieve information, during the Bush administration. First documented in the 14th century, and was known as “water torture” or tormenta de toca – a phrase that refers to the thin piece of cloth placed over the victim’s mouth.
Risking the publics trust over national security-what the government thinks is best for the nation
National security (with holding information) vs. our moral principles and nation identity
taking control and creating new boundaries and regulations
Discourse is a “particular way of representing,” a singular style, strategy, common interest or language.
Our national identity seems to get lost among our anxieties and fears. As a Nation which shares a common discourse, it is hard to say what we stand for when morality is getting pushed to the edge by the media during times of scandal and disappointment.
DISCOURSE What we remember and forget terminology and images are key Key Memories Shock and Awe
Toppling of the Saddam Statue
The Bill Of Rights
4 Freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.
5 Right to due process of law, freedom from self-incrimination, double jeopardy.
6 Rights of accused persons, e.g., right to a speedy and public trial.
7 Right of trial by jury in civil cases.
8 Freedom from excessive bail, cruel and unusual punishments. Waterboarding, by some, is found to be morally wrong, and compromises our principles; but others, like the Bush administration argue that it has saved many lives