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Interrogation, Coercion and Torture: Dutch debates and experiences after 9/11
Intelligence and National Security (2012)
  • George Dimitriu, Netherlands Defence Academy
The 9/11 attacks and the subsequent increase of counterterrorism laws and regulations in Western democracies have also spurned heavy debates on torture and ill-treatment of captured terrorist suspects. However, while the Netherlands did deploy troops to Afghanistan and adopted new laws and policies regarding counterterrorism, debates on torture remained marginal. Indeed, the Netherlands has not suffered the pressure of a constant high terrorist threat, or endured a catastrophic terrorist attack. However, the author argues that there are more reasons for the lack of heated discussions. While this article does not intend to lift the Dutch case to an exemplary one, it illustrates how Dutch government authorities made good use of the benefits of hindsight regarding torture debates and incidents elsewhere and were able to apply lessons regarding accountability and oversight concerning interrogation issues at home successfully
  • Intelligence,
  • torture,
  • martelen,
  • folteren,
  • Dutch,
  • Iraq,
  • SFIR,
  • ISAF,
  • NATO,
  • Afghanistan,
  • Uruzgan,
  • TFU,
  • OEF,
  • Counterinsurgency,
  • Terrorism,
  • Counterterrorism,
  • CT,
  • COIN,
  • waterboarding,
  • Jack Bauer,
  • 24,
  • Geneva Conventions
Publication Date
Summer August 2, 2012
Citation Information
George Dimitriu. "Interrogation, Coercion and Torture: Dutch debates and experiences after 9/11" Intelligence and National Security (2012)
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