In the United States, “coercive interrogation techniques” are allowed on detainees in the so-called War on Terror. We’ve seen the photos and heard the testimony from Abu Ghraib and Gitmo. Coersive interrogation is a not so subtle end-run around American law which makes the use of torture a crime.
Artists Serena Wallace and Nancy Popp have teamed up to create a video installation named after the legislation that continues to make torture a crime – United States Code Section 2340A. In the video, the artists pair the dehumanizing language of the justice department lawyers with the sound of a populace inured to the spectacle of torture in the media.
The video is currently screening as a part of the UC Santa Barbara series Critical Issues in America: Torture and the Future through June 2007. And will also screen on April 23rd at the University of California alongside a talk by James Yee, former US Army Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay.