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January 09, 2008

Paying the price for a photo

Bilal_hussein The Doctor's Dilemma, a new installation by Jon Haddock

The story of AP photographer Bilal Hussein, accused of terrorism

The phrase Verschaerfte Vernehmung is German for "enhanced interrogation". Other translations include "intensified interrogation" or "sharpened interrogation". It's a phrase that appears to have been concocted in 1937, to describe a form of torture that would leave no marks, and hence save the embarrassment pre-war Nazi officials were experiencing as their wounded torture victims ended up in court

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"The right to corporal punishment exercised by one man over another is one of the evils that afflicts society, it is a sure means to smother any seed of civilization and to cause it to decompose"
F. Dostoyevsky


Posted by: jearr at Jan 9, 2008 11:39:56 AM

The Doctor's Dilemma is a very powerful image and it represents one that is being actively debated in the U.S. and in the UK by Psychiatrists - to assess whether someone is sane enough to be executed, even though in UK we no longer have the death penalty. Many ache with conscience about whether to be involved in such assessments at all. It's hardly what they trained for and has terrible echoes of the misdeeds of Nazi doctors during WW2.

Posted by: Julie at Jan 10, 2008 2:14:16 PM