Places & Forms of Power.
Study case: Guantanamo
- Official power
EX> Bush administration ‘Global War on Terror’ after 9/11 = new laws ‘state of emergency’ (> same as French laws after Nov 13th.)
Not blocked by Congress or Supreme Court.
Powerful executive power = creation of Guantanamo.
‘dirty conditions’ terrific / horrible > on the ground / basic human rights are ignored / worse than animals
rumours about torture / controversial / no cameras / no journalists allowed > kept a secret / suspicious
Soliders are searching them / ‘cavity search’ / physical humiliation (uniforms are too tight / too short > butt-naked)
they are masked > their senses are blocked / they can’t see / speak or hear anything.
Total isolation / disturbing / shameful / not right to see sthg like that / we feel uncomfortable faced with atrocious detention conditions.
The article may be about the hard conditions of the detainees.
Anti-constitutional / UNFAIR ? Torture is not allowed according to the US constitution / no trial for the detainees > HabeasCorpus “noone should be detained without a …fair trial.
lesson documents: guantanamo rc
Myths & Heroes- Take a stand!
Anonymous heroes > Everyone can be a hero.
How to become a hero > Take a stand! Become an activist!
Types of violence?
Verbal abuse > insults / rude words / humiliation
Physical abuse > sexual harassment on the tube / domestic violence
discrimination? Color of skin / physical appearance > racism
bullying at school / job > resume(CV) racial profiling
victims are sometimes immigrants / kids / old people / disabled people / gays & lesbians / the homeless / women
police officer sometimes use coercive power / intimidation / racial profiling